In recognition of Autism Awareness Month we are sharing this article to bring awareness of early signs of autism in infants and toddlers. By Lisa Jo Rudy - Reviewed by a board-certified physician.
Updated August 19, 2016
According to the CDC, as many as 1 out of every 68 (or possible 1 out of 45) children may be autistic. So if you're a parent of a young child and worried about the early signs of autism, you have a right to be concerned. It's a good idea to keep a close eye on your child's development because even very young children can be diagnosed. And research shows that the earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the prognosis for good outcomes.
What should you be looking for? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these are some of the earliest red flags for autism:
Possible Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders
It's also important to remember that a child who does have excellent language skills may still be diagnosable on the autism spectrum.
In fact, some children who are diagnosed with autism have extraordinary language and reading skills.
This is just a partial list if parents have questions or concerns about their child's development they should contact their physician.
Submitted by Michelle Hardimon SIUC Intern Department of Early Childhood Education.