Strong Families from the Start
Learning the Signs of Autism
All children develop at different rates and it is sometimes hard for them to reach certain milestones. As a parent your job then becomes two fold, to know the milestones and to decide when you might need to get medical advice.
Autism is just one of many disorders that parents are becoming more aware of and sometimes it helps to have a few ideas on a list of things to look for. Autism Speaks website https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs shared this list:
* No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
- Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
Please keep in mind though that any list can only give you a small picture about your child. You as a parent know your little one best and if you feel there is a need or concern your pediatrician is a wonderful resource to ask questions or share your thoughts with.
The important thing to remember is that none of us as parents want to know our little one has a label or hardship in their way, but when we reach out and get support it is the beginning of a powerful journey. We aren’t meant to be on parenting “islands” but we are meant to be socially connected getting the love and support from not only our families and friends but our community. There are many great resources available with Autism Speaks, Autism Up, and even some of the children’s programming is starting to highlight what life with Autism is like. It is in identifying concerns early that the help and resources can start making a difference in your little one’s life now and is shaping a brighter future to come.