Child development is different for each child and in the first months it is already possible to identify some signs of autism in babies, a disorder that affects communication and learning ability.
Are there different signs of autism in babies?
Yes! We know how important it is to understand this subject better, since autism manifests itself in different degrees, from leading to severe. Therefore, the earlier it is identified, the greater the child’s progress.
Check out the behaviors that can turn on the yellow light for parents even before the first year:
1 – Change of behaviour
Known as regressive autism, it happens when the baby begins to lose speech skills, socialization and shared attention.
Other signs of autism in common babies is not to look at their mother during breastfeeding, not to interact with anyone and to avoid eye contact with people.
2 – Reaction to sounds
The autistic baby has selective hearing. In other words, he doesn’t respond to every call and usually attaches himself to some object that holds his attention.
He is not interested in noises and does not react to any kind of sound, which can worry his parents, thinking about the possibility of deafness.
3 – Difficulty in communication
Usually babies repeat a few words, but they don’t communicate in a functional way, like calling and asking for something.
Children over two years old usually form small sentences, but in the case of autism it is common for them to use no more than two words.
4 – Motor development
To ask for and point to something you want, the baby simply uses an adult’s finger rather than his own hand.
After one year of life, one of the characteristics of autism are the repetitive movements such as turning the hands, hitting the head or swinging.
5 – Social interaction
Some babies lose the ability to socialize, smile or show joy, which can cause many parents to mistake autism for a difficult personality.
In addition, they may have difficulty playing with other children and cry too loudly.
What to do if you suspect autism?
To confirm the diagnosis in babies, some tests are performed by neuropediatricians or child psychiatrists. But, very calm at this time!
As much as autism has no cure, when it is identified early, it is possible to do therapies and speech therapy to improve communication, reducing symptoms drastically.
With the correct treatment, the autistic baby can develop normally and have a life similar to that of other children of his age.
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