Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder characterised by chronic difficulties with social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication and restricted/repetitive behaviours.

Recognising early indicators in children can be critical for early intervention, which can considerably benefit the development of a child. Let's shine light on these early warning signs so that parents and guardians are more educated and prepared.

  1. Social issues

Children with autism frequently display apparent variations in how they interact with others. They may have difficulty making eye contact, appear uninterested in carers or fail to look at objects when pointed out by others.
Children with autism may not discuss their hobbies or successes with parents or carers in contrast to their peers.

2. Delayed growth

Delays in reaching developmental milestones are a crucial early indicator of autism in children. These include delays in babbling, speaking or employing gestures at the predicted age.

Most children are naturally expressive by their first year, utilising gestures like pointing or waving goodbye, so any apparent delay in these areas may justify additional investigation.

3. Atypical reactions to sensory information

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders may exhibit peculiar responses to sensory stimuli. This could be caused by an excessive or insufficient sensitivity to textures, lighting and sounds. They might not mind the discomfort or the temperature or they could find some noises intolerable.

4. Repetitive behaviour

Repetitive behaviours or movements might also be an indicator of autism. This could appear as repeated movements with items such as spinning wheels or with their own bodies such as rocking back and forth. Additionally, autistic children may exhibit intense insistence on sticking to routines and may become upset over small deviations.

Here is what to proceed

Early detection of autism is critical. Early intervention programmes such as treatment and support can make a big difference in results.
Autism awareness is a continuous effort for parents, educators and society as a whole.  We may help children with autism succeed by being informed and vigilant. Each child is unique and with the correct assistance, they can realise their full potential.

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