The developmental process is unique to each child. Yet, as a child grows, he or she should begin to show key skills in communication and language. These signs are called developmental milestones. As they get even older, they should display signs of socializing and interacting. However, if your child does not show these skills, it may indicate that they have an autism spectrum disorder. If you’re concerned that you see the early signs of autism in your son or daughter, now is the time to act. Our team at Camp Worth helps many parents to provide their children with the very best level of care. To learn more about how to manage your child’s autism symptoms or about the early signs of autism, contact us today.
What Are the Common Early Signs of Autism?
Most often, autism becomes evident at an early age, usually around age two or three. Yet, this can happen much later and, in some cases, even infants can show some key signs. A formal evaluation process is the only real way to know if your child has any of the key warning signs. However, it’s possible to notice gaps in their learning that can indicate they should be screened.
At 6 Months
At six months of age, your child may not smile or may not have engaging expressions. Sometimes, there’s a lack of eye contact or limited eye contact with those around them.
At 9 Months
Your child may not have any type of sharing sounds where he or she is communicating back and forth. Facial expressions and smiles tend to be limited.
At 1 Year
Your child may not babble or have any type of back and forth gestures. They may not point to objects or wave at people. Many will not respond to their name.
At 2 Years
A child may have very few or no words. He or she may also lack any type of repeating.
In addition to this, many children also display early signs of autism, such as:
- Loss of acquired speech
- Delayed language development
- Trouble understanding other’s feelings
- Restricted interests
- Repetition or the same phrases
- Repetitive behaviors such as rocking or spinning
These specific signs can happen to children at any age. Even if your child seems to develop normally during the first few years of their life, they may regress in some ways.
What Can You Do for Your Child?
It’s always best to work closely with your child’s doctor to screen for autism. Good resources are now available to help parents with young children to begin to see improvements.
Perhaps you’re looking back in time towards the early years of your teen’s life. You’re wondering if you missed key opportunities to help them. At Camp Worth, we focus on the future. We work with those between the ages of 11 and 17 to provide them with the tools they need to communicate and socialize. We help them develop key resources and life skills they can use for years to come.
Find the Support You Need at Camp Worth
The early signs of autism can be confusing and hard to pinpoint. It’s always best to receive a formal diagnosis when possible. Once you do that, our team at Camp Worth can begin to help you develop a plan for your child’s future. We offer several unique treatment programs that allow your child to manage and thrive with their autism symptoms. We also provide training for parents that can help you learn how to assist your child. Contact us at 855.915.2545 to learn more about what we’re doing to change lives.