- 19July 2018
Every parent wants their baby to be happy and healthy so they often overlook the signs that indicate their child may have a neurological condition such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Parents need to understand that early detection of autism can sufficiently improve their child’s quality of life.
If you are a parent of an infant, here are some signs you need to look out for:
1. Delayed motor development
As your baby grows, he/she will be able to move around more comfortable. With the time your baby’s neck will stabilize, they will be able to sit up, reach out for things, crawl and eventually walk.
In infants with ASD, there is an evident delay in motor development. Babies with ASD don’t have the muscle strength of normal babies. They appear more ‘floppy’ because they don’t have the muscle tone and strength to hold themselves up.
If your baby can’t seem to hold his/her head up straight at 6 months, take it as a sign of concern. Watch out for how long it takes the baby to walk and crawl. In the case it hasn’t crawled after 12 months, you should consult a doctor.
2. Repetitive behaviors
One of the most obvious signs of an autistic baby is that they have specific unusual behaviors which they repeat.
Look out for strange behaviors that your child may repeat such as moving their hands around in a certain manner.
3. They don’t gesture
At about 9-10 months old, your child should be gesturing freely. Do they point and wave? If you hold something in front of them to grab their attention, do they reach out for it?
4. Do they seek attention
Aside from food and water, all a baby wants is love and attention. They make all kinds of noises and movements to get you to look at them. If you find that your baby doesn’t seek your attention then its best to take them to a doctor and discuss the problem.
5. Lack of eye contact
People with autism avoid eye contact. Eye contact is a form of communication; when someone is looking at you when you speak, you can assume they understand what you’re saying and that your message is being received. Children with ASD struggle with communication therefore they have poor eye contact.
Orange County 4 Autism, aims to create a network of support for parents with Autistic kids. We’ve created a platform that provides extensive information on autism. Parents can use your website to conduct research on Autism and to learn about nearby Autism programs for parents and children.