Knowing and acknowledging these flags in your child can make a difference in their treatment. Early intervention of these symptoms is key to success in cases with children with autism. As autism can be diagnosed as early as 18 months of age, early diagnosis and treatment is very important in helping and healing your child, and in some cases their recovery.
Many sources list the red flags for autism as being:
Non-response to their name by the age of 12 months
Not pointing at objects to show interest (for example, pointing at an airplane flying overhead) by the age of 14 months
Not playing ‘pretend’ games (for example, pretending to ‘feed’ a doll) by the age of 18 months
Avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone
Having trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
Having delayed speech and language skills
Repeating words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
Giving unrelated answers to questions
Getting upset by minor changes
Having obsessive interests
Flapping of their hands, rocking their body, or spinning in circles
Having unusual reactions to the way things sounds, smell, taste, look or feel
If you suspect autism in your child, it’s best to seek a diagnosis from a medical practitioner qualified to make such diagnoses. As soon as a diagnosis is made, treatment can follow. With the right diagnosis and early treatment, your child can live a healthy happy life.
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