If you suspect your child’s developmental is not going along as you believe it should, its best to handle this at an early age.
Let your pediatrician know about any symptoms or delay and don’t accept "It’s nothing to worry about" from anyone.
Get a second opinion if you feel its needed.
You can find many lists that include autism symptoms. Take a look at the sample grouping below. Take note to any of them you notice with your child.
Problems with Speech:
Is only able to speak a couple of words – nonverbal.
Repeats phrases over and over again – Repetitive.
Speech doesn’t makes much sense – Inappropriate speech.
Repeats the vocalizations of other people – Referred to as echolalia.
Repeats movie or television show lines over and over again. Referred to as scripting.
Does not seem to comprehend or understand usual social boundaries or behavior involved with social situations.
Has a decreased pretend and imaginary play
Is very hyper or under-active
Has uncontrolled and extreme outbursts or tantrums.
Plays by themselves as he or she tunes out others.
Generally isn’t aware of others entering a room.
Plays with toys inappropriately or likes other objects more that aren’t toys.
Displays poor eye contact.
Does not have any fear of situations that are dangerous.
When parent smiles at child, he or she usually does not return a smile.
Has a hard time adjusting to transition.
Has a high tolerance to pain.
Has little close contact with others or contact thats too close.
Has annoyance with certain sensations such as wearing shoes, clothes tags or avoids certain textures.
Is annoyed by loud crowds.
Seeks out sensory such as hugging or massage.
Behaviors that are referred to as “stimming” such as lining up objects, hand flapping, etc.
Will only eat specific foods.
Self injury behavior or extreme aggression.
Dislikes changes in routine.
Obsessed with things that spin.
Doesn’t respond to their name by 12 months of age.
Does not coo or babble by 12 months of age.
Does not point or gesture by 12 months of age
Not speaking a single word by 6 months of age.
Experience’s any language or loss of social skills at any age.
An autistic child will usually have sensory overload and will cover their ears to any sound that bothers or overwhelms them.
Kids with Aspergers might not show any difficulties until they reach the third or fourth grade when they begin to change classrooms throughout the school day or have to organize their schoolwork. A parent might see this as lack of error on their child’s part. By now you might notice issues with social skills.