Sign and Symptoms of Autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is referred to as a spectrum condition that varies and effects individuals differently. Because there is no known sole cause of autism, it is important for parents and caregivers to stay aware and current on early detection/signs to support families and individuals with autism.
Development screenings are done by pediatricians during wellness checkups for babies and children for behaviors of autism spectrum disorder. Some behaviors may be apparent in infancy while others become clearer during early childhood.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has developed a detailed list of behaviors categorized by communication, social behavior, stereotyped behavior and other behaviors to help with recognizing “red flags”. Some signs include: • Does not respond to his/her name by 12 months of age (communication) • Has poor eye contact (social behavior) • Gets “stuck” doing the same things over and over and can’t move on to other things (stereotyped behavior)
Some of the red flags apply only at certain ages and would be considered typical for other children your child’s age. Signs of any red flags for autism should be discussed with your child’s health care provider or contact All Pieces Fit for referrals.