Autism Constellation: Onset, Development and Progression

    SIGNS OF AUTISM-EARLY (Autism Speaks)
    What are the signs of autism?
    The timing and severity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first
    months. In others, symptoms become obvious as late as age 2 or 3.

    Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few.
    That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.

    The following "red flags" may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If
    your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family
    doctor for an evaluation:

    By 6 months
    Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions.
    Limited or no eye contact.

    By 9 months
    Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions

    By 12 months
    Little or no babbling
    Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
    Little or no response to name.

    By 16 months
    Very few or no words.

    By 24 months
    Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)

    At any age
    Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
    Avoidance of eye contact
    Persistent preference for solitude
    Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
    Delayed language development
    Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
    Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
    Restricted interests
    Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
    Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
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