Some signs and symptoms of autism in younger children – parents tell their stories

Welcome to our latest autism blog! As a parent of a six year old boy with classic autism I felt that it would be useful to provide a short blog outlining the main signs and symptoms of autism in younger children.

I’d be very grateful if you would share this blog post with as many people as possible so they know what to look for as well as raising awareness of the challenges people on the autistic spectrum face day to day.

Everyone on the autistic spectrum is different so if you do have any concerns please contact you doctor so that your child can be screened as soon as possible. Remember the earlier the intervention the better.
Being completely non-verbal by 16 months. It has been estimated that 40% of people with autism never speak!
Not responding to their own name by the time they reach one year. Lacking big smiles and animated facial expressions by the age of six months. Your child may not respond to your smile.
Difficulty with defecation. They may have long periods of constipatio Lack of interest in games such as peekaboo. Fails to reach out to be picked up. Fails to use gestures such as waving good bye. Lack of interest in playing with others.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list. Please feel free to use the comments boxes below to add any signs and symptoms of ASD you noticed in your child.

It is worth mentioning that some children suffer from regression. This was the case with our son so he did not start show many of these symptoms till later. Regression in speech and general social skill is a key indicator of autism. If this does happen please get in touch with a doctor as soon as possible.

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