Symptoms of Autism in toddlers

Learn about the symptoms of autism in toddlers

Because there is no medical test for ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, a child is diagnosed based on either the absence or presence of certain behaviours or skills.

Most parents notice that something is different with their child when the child is two or three years old. Several studies have shown that symptoms of autism can appear in a baby at just 4 months of age. It is important to learn about symptoms of autism in toddlers as the right approach early in a child’s life paves the way for a better life ahead.

What are some of the early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD in toddlers from one- two year old?

Possible indicators include:

  • does not babble, point or make meaningful gestures by one year of age
  • does not speak one word by sixteen months
  • does not combine two words by two years of age
  • does not respond to his or her name
  • loses language or social skills
  • doesn’t seem to know how to play with toys
  • excessively lines up toys or other objects
  • is attached to one particular toy or object
  • doesn’t smile
  • at times seems to be hearing impaired

It is important to keep in mind that a child that exhibits one or two of the listed behaviours in not necessarily on the Autism Spectrum.  What makes these behaviours significant is they occur frequently and intensely.

What are some of the early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD in toddlers from two to five year olds?

The Flashcards Autism Early Intervention program is different from any other resource as all cards form parts of programs, ABA programs that incorporate Speech,  Occupational therapy (fine motor) and Basic Teaching methods.

All programs have been put together with simplicity in mind and are all individually colour coded to make it very easy to sort. To make it even easier more instructions about the programs are included on the 30 divider cards.

Originally designed for Autism Spectrum Disorder, The Flashcards now has teachers, child care centres, carers and parents using the kit to teach children that have learning and communication difficulties.

The Flashcards is being used with children that have Hearing Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Brain Injury and even adults after a Stroke.

  • not respond when you call his or her name or seem generally unresponsive
  • not use his or her index finger to point to objects to indicate what he or she wants or to show you something
  • has intermittent or no eye contact
  • still doesn’t speak
  • not speak anymore
  • demonstrate odd speech or language – such as endlessly repeating nursery rhymes, echoing or repeating words or phrases or making unusual sounds
  • demonstrate odd behaviour such as hand flapping, finger flicking or constant spinning
  • demonstrate a regression in overall behaviour including communication, play and social skills
  • experience emotional tantrums or meltdowns that are out of control
  • have poor motor coordination when it comes to physical activities such as running or climbing
  • fixate on objects such as ceiling fans, bright lights or parts of objects such as wheels of a car toy
  • seem highly distracted or spaced out
  • shows an inappropriate attachment to objects (such as always carrying around a statue or piece of string) or frequently puts objects into his or her mouth
  • engage in obsessive, repetitive behaviours such as opening and closing doors, turning light switches on and off, or lining up cars
  • display ritualistic behaviours such as lining up books on the floor in a specific order at specific tims
  • engage in little or no spontaneous pretend play
  • constantly plays with him or herself, showing no interest in peers
  • never brings or show you toys
  • shows no separation anxiety when you leave
  • resist change and insist on sticking to specific routines and rituals
  • engage in self-injurious behaviours such as head banging or hand biting
  • shows no apparent fear of danger or pain
  • not like to be hugged, cuddled or touched
  • have unanimated facial expressions and/or a monotone voice
  • demonstrate extreme over or underactivity
  • display lack of sensitivity or oversensitivity to sound, touch or visual stimuli (such as loud noises, rough fabrics or bright lights)
  • have unusual sleep patterns (such as trouble falling asleep or not sleeping through the night)
  • eat only limited, specific foods

Don’t delay if you have concerns, contact your paediatrician, as mentioned the right early intervention for Autism makes a difference in a child’s life.

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