The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that may indicate an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you have a gut feeling that there is something different in your child’s behavior, be aware––a good medical evaluation may be warranted. It’s hard to acknowledge problems in our children, but your child’s best hope for a bright future is early treatment.

If an ASD is present, early diagnosis is your child’s best hope for a bright future.

Take action if your child…

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age

Other concerning behaviors:

  • Fear of sounds
  • Resistance to certain textures. Tactile defensive children avoid touching messy materials such as art and craft supplies. They may also dislike the sensations of dirt on their hands or feet, and will shy away from textured materials such as rough towels or sheets.
  • Repetitive use of language or motor mannerisms
  • Lack of eye contact or direct contact with others
  • Lack of make-believe play
  • Lack of interests in peer relationships

For a more complete list of autistic behaviors and discussion on how to get your child the right treatment go here. You can to share your concerns and questions and get helpful answers.