Early intervention improves outcomes in young children with autism. Despite increased awareness, many children are not diagnosed with autism until age four or more! Detecting autism as early as possible is essential. Autism is diagnosed by observing a child’s behavior and looking for specific symptoms.
The following are some of the early signs/Red Flags to identify autism. If a child is not
- Showing objects to caregivers
- Able to do gestures
- Able to share enjoyment
- Doing movements or actions properly (Repetitive movements or actions)
- Maintaining eye contact
- Following an adult’s pointed finger
- Paying more attention to objects than people
- Playing with toys
- Copying actions or sounds
- Responding to his or her name when called
- Engaged in pretend play
- Responding emotionally
- Imitating others behaviours
Contact a Speech Language Therapist if you suspect any of the aforementioned difficulties with your child.
It is hoped that providing therapy at a very young age, when a child’s brain development is most receptive to learning, can alter the course of autism.
VIDEO TUTORIAL for early signs to identify Autism
HEAD LAG TEST for early signs to identify Autism
The HEAD LAG test to check Autism in Infants is a great tool for parents of babies as young as 6 months. Here is a video!