Recognising Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers
If you're concerned that your toddler may be showing signs of autism, it's important to know what to look for. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can present itself through a variety of behavioural cues, and early recognition is crucial. The team at Childhealthy is here to support you by highlighting key signs and guiding you on what to do if you suspect your toddler may have autism.
Recognising the signs: Some children may show signs of autism in early infancy. This can include reduced eye contact, a lack of response to their name, or indifference to caregivers. Others may develop typically but then become withdrawn or lose previously acquired language skills. These signs can often be observed between 12 and 24 months of age.
Behavioural symptoms: The behavioural symptoms of ASD often appear early. Key signs to watch for include:
- Limited or no eye contact
- Little to no response when their name is called
- Not smiling back when you smile
- Becoming very upset with certain tastes, smells, or sounds
- Repetitive movements, such as hand-flapping, finger-flicking, or body-rocking
Social interaction and communication: A toddler with autism might show less interest in social interactions, including playing games like peekaboo, which typically engage young children. They may also have unusual pointing behaviours or prefer to pull family members towards objects instead of pointing or speaking.
What to do: If you notice these signs in your toddler, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional. They can provide a formal evaluation and, if necessary, guide you towards appropriate support and interventions . We're here to support you as Childhealthy offers Autism diagnostic assessments so do please get in touch.
Sources for further reading:
- Mayo Clinic - Autism spectrum disorder - Symptoms and causes
- NewFolks - What are the Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers?
- Verywell Family - Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers
- NHS - Signs of autism in children
Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.
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