As parents, our children’s well-being is our top priority. It’s natural to have concerns about their development and behavior. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. Early intervention is key to providing the best support and resources for children with autism.
In this blog, brought to you by Roots to Wings Child Development Center at Inamdar Hospital, we’ll discuss some crucial indicators that parents may observe in their children, which could be early signs of autism.
One of the earliest indicators of autism is difficulty with communication. Parents may notice that their child:
- Doesn’t respond to their name as often as other children
- Doesn’t point or wave by 12 months
- Has difficulty making eye contact
- Struggles with speaking or understanding language for their age
Social Interaction Difficulties
Children with autism may exhibit social interaction challenges, such as:
- Difficulty in making friends or showing little interest in playing with peers
- Limited expressions of emotions and difficulty understanding others’ emotions
- Unusual reactions to sensory input (e.g., being overly sensitive to light, sound, or touch)
Repetitive behaviors and routines are common in children with autism. Parents may notice:
- Repeated movements like hand-flapping or body rocking.
- An insistence on sameness or specific routines.
- Focusing intensely on a particular interest, often to the exclusion of everything else.
Many children with autism experience a delay in language development. Parents might observe:
- Limited vocabulary or difficulty in putting words together into sentences
- Echolalia, where the child repeats words or phrases they hear
- Challenges in understanding and using non-verbal cues like facial expressions and gestures
Avoiding Eye Contact
Difficulty with eye contact is a hallmark of autism. Children may avoid making eye contact or seem uninterested in faces, even those of their caregivers.
If you notice these autism indicators in your child, it’s essential to seek guidance from healthcare professionals, such as those at Roots to Wings Child Development Center at Inamdar Hospital. Early intervention can make a significant difference in a child’s development and improve their long-term outcomes.
Remember that every child is unique, and development varies. Not all children showing these indicators will have autism, but recognizing these signs early can lead to timely assessments and interventions. Roots to Wings Child Development Center is here to provide the support and guidance you need, so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance and answers to your questions.
Your child’s journey is a shared one, and with the right resources and professional guidance, you can provide the best support for their unique needs.