Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. The warning signs of autism may vary from person to person, but here are some common signs to look out for:
- Delayed speech or language skills: Children with autism may have delayed speech or language skills, or they may not speak at all.
- Lack of eye contact: Children with autism may avoid eye contact or have difficulty making eye contact.
- Repetitive behaviors: Children with autism may engage in repetitive behaviors, such as hand-flapping, rocking, or spinning objects.
- Difficulty with social interaction: Children with autism may have difficulty with social interaction, such as playing with others or understanding social cues.
- Lack of interest in others: Children with autism may have little interest in other people or prefer to play alone.
- Sensory issues: Children with autism may have sensory issues, such as being sensitive to light, sound, or touch.
- Difficulty with transitions: Children with autism may have difficulty with transitions, such as moving from one activity to another.
- Fixation on certain topics or objects: Children with autism may have a fixation on certain topics or objects and may talk about them incessantly.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s important to talk to your child’s doctor or a developmental specialist to determine if further evaluation is necessary. Early diagnosis and intervention can greatly improve outcomes for children with autism.