These are some of the earliest signs of autism in babies. If you suspect that your baby may be exhibiting some of these signs, I recommend consulting a doctor for a professional opinion.
If you do recognize signs of autism in your baby, starting an adapted learning program as early as possible has been shown to make the greatest difference to progress.
As the owner of an autism center in Paris, Le Chemin ABA, I get asked all the time about signs of autism in babies. My friends who have very young children ask me when they are concerned about their own kids. Parents who have a child with autism and come for services at my center, are often on the lookout for early signs of autism if they have a second child.
These are the some of the earliest signs of autism in babies to be aware of :
1. Poor eye contact
Does your child seek out regular eye contact or tend to avoid making that connection?
2. Limited, or delay in, babbling and cooing
Is your baby making sounds – cooing and babbling?
3. Little imitation
Is your baby starting to imitate your movements?
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4. Lack of smiling
Does your baby smile at you and at others?
5. Repetitive behaviors
Have your noticed your child repeating the same action over and over with a toy?
6. Delayed motor development
Is your baby taking more time than usual to hold his or her head up? Roll over? Learn to manipulate toys, etc?
7. Failure to respond to name
Does your baby turn towards you when you call his or her name?
8. Lack of gesturing
Is your little one pointing to items?
9. Infrequently seeking attention
Does your baby actively seek out your attention or is he or she content to play alone for long periods of time?
These early signs of autism in babies may help you identify symptoms that need attention. Make sure to consult your doctor if you think that your child may be exhibiting these symptoms.
If you notice these symptoms, there is a lot you can do at home right away to engage your child and increase learning. These are some of my favorite engaging and educational activities to get you started :
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