The Four Early Symptoms of Autism in Infants

Autism is a disorder that affects the development of the brain and causes problems with communication and social interaction and also the general behavior of the kid. The symptoms of autism can be seen in infants from as early as six months but in many cases, a proper diagnosis happens once the kid reaches the age of 3.

Though it can get hard to recognize the early signs of autism, parents need to focus on early identification as it helps to implement any interventions. Parents who suspect that their babies have autism can also seek help from autism organizations and experts so that they are observed further.

It is important to know the early symptoms and about what causes autism and seek needed help as time plays an important role in the success of the treatments. Mentioned below are the 4 signs of autism in infants parents need to be aware of.

  • Unusual Interaction: This can be termed as the most common sign of autism in kids. As autism affects the social development, babies who have autism will connect in an unusual way. Once infants reach the age of 6, they already have the ability to connect with people by smiling and by pointing towards objects or by making an eye contact. The infants who have Autism do not smile as much as other kids and at times show unusual gestures or facial expressions. Some infants also tend to have a gaze that is towards one corner of the eye. Some of the infants with Autism also like to be alone and do not prefer being cuddled by parents too.
  • Repeated Behavior: Kids with autism do not like changes and they like to do the same kind of things or eat the same foods. They can even develop fascination towards a toy or a pattern. Infants also show a strange behavior like repetitively hitting their head or flapping the hands.
  • Lack of Interest: Babies who have autism tend to react in a different way when they are confronted. Some other signs include not responding to one’s name or to any audible changes in the surroundings.
  • Crying and Being Irritated: Babies or kids who have autism might not be able to control their emotions and they get irritated easily. They at times might get provoked by even the slightest sound and start crying.

If you observe any early signs of autism in your infant, consult an expert without a second thought.

Author: autismconnectassociation

Autism Connect is a voluntary group based in Mumbai, India formed by parents and professional care-takers of children on the autism spectrum. Parenting and caring for a child with autism is a special responsibility in itself. There are doubts, questions and uncertainties in our minds. At Autism Connect, we endeavor to collect literature on evidence based practices (with special emphasis on newer emerging therapies) in the management of autism and share it with autism associations and organizations across the world with the hope that these associations disseminate and distribute this to their members and parents of children with autism.

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