SIGNS OF AUTISM

Parents should consider seeking more information from a Neuro-developmental Specialist, as well as an Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, and a Physical Therapist if your child is exhibiting these signs:


3 months:
– Does not respond to loud music
– Does not smile at people
– Does not babble
– Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions
– Does not pay attention to new faces or seems frightened by new faces or surroundings
– Experiences a dramatic loss of skills he/she once had

7 months:
– Seems stiff, with tight muscles, or floppy, like a rag doll
– Head flops back when body is pulled to a sitting position
– Reaches with one hand only
– Refuses to cuddle and shows no affection
– Does not respond to sounds
– Does not turn head to find sounds (by 4 months)
– Does not roll over (by 5 months)
– Cannot sit with help (by 6 months)
– Does not babble
– Experiences a dramatic loss of skills

12 months:
– Does not crawl
– Cannot stand when supported
– Says no single words (not even “mama” or “dada”)
– Does not point to objects or pictures
– Shows no interest in games of peek-a-boo (by 8 months)
– Does not learn to use gestures, such as waving and shaking head
– Experiences a dramatic loss of skills

24 months:
– Cannot walk (by 18 months)
– Fails to develop a heel – toe walking pattern, or walks only on his or her toes
– Does not speak at least 15 words
– Does not use two word sentences
– Does not imitate actions or words
– Does not follow simple instructions
– Cannot push a wheeled toy
– Experiences a dramatic loss of skills

3 years:
– Poor eye contact
– Limited interest in toys
– Frequent falling
– Difficulty with stairs
– Persistent drooling or unclear speech
– Cannot build a tower of more than four blocks
– Little interest in other children
– Cannot communicate in short phrases
– No involvement in “pretend” play
– Experiences a dramatic loss of skills