Early possible symptoms could include: not making eye contact with parents, not cooing or babbling, not responding when you play the peek-a-boo game with them and not smiling when parents smile at them. These, of course, are the very early symptoms of Autism. It is important to note that there could be other reasons for a developmental delay or they could be just a little behind at this stage but will catch up over time.
Children with autism are usually diagnosed at around the age of three or before. Sometimes, it the signs and symptoms of autism can go unnoticed by the parents if they are not very obvious. High functioning autism types like Asperger is one of those autism types that do not show signs that are very obvious. Other than that, the classic autism symptoms are rather apparent. Regardless of which type of autism the child has, there are some ways to pick up these signs and symptoms of autism. Parents should be more informed about autism to know how to diagnose it as early as possible.
Remember that no one single thing alone means autism. Autism is notable by a pattern of symptoms rather than any one single symptom. The main features of autism are impairments in communication, restricted interests with repetitive behaviour as well as social interaction difficulties.
Communicative Symptoms: Children displaying signs of mild Autism may use a lot of repetitive language and repetitive movements. They may commonly be obsessed or fixated with waving things in front of their faces or they may be obsessed with their hands in general. If children become fixated with certain objects, and they prefer these objects to people, then parents should be concerned.
Symptoms of autism are normally seen in a kid when he or she is between a year and half to 3 years old. Other, more benign symptoms may even be noticeable amid the first few months of a child’s life. Parents need to be their child’s cheerleader in this instance, and always monitor their developmental growth as the reach certain age related milestones. If a parent or a health care provider can distinctly see symptoms of autism in a child on or before their first birthday, then the child can get early treatment to minimize the devastating affects of this disorder.
Many early symptoms of autism are behavioral. For example, a baby can either appear to be hyperactive or destructive. In some cases a child may be both. Similarly, a child with autism may also self-harm by throwing a tantrum for no apparent reason at all. This could include biting him or herself, banging limbs and the head against the floor or their bed, and may even try to scratch or bite you. As autistic children often have less sensitivity to pain, this is more painful for the parent than the child. Finally, another of the early symptoms of autism is that the child cannot interact with others. That may include other children, in which case they often play on their own.
However, autism is one of a range of similar diseases that constitute the autism spectrum disorders. They are referred to, professionally, as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs), and they are about five in number, autism or classic autistic disorder being one of them. The others are Rett’s syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger’s syndrome, and Childhood Developmental Disorder (CDD).