Knowing the Early Signs of Autism in Babies
There’s an old saying about Autism, “If you know one child with Autism, then you only know one child with Autism.” Autism affects children and adults in so many different ways that trying to come up with a general pattern of behavior can be nearly impossible. Every case of Autism is entirely unique. There’s no telling how or when Autism might develop in a child or a newborn; that being said, there are several early signs of Autism in babies that every parent should be aware of.
According to the Autism Science Foundation, signs of Autism in infants and children are related to developmental behavior. Most children instinctively grow to move, act, and respond in certain ways. If some of these behavioral aspects seem to be missing in your child, the answer might have something to do with Autism.
Contact your doctor for a consultation if your baby doesn’t meet these developmental milestones. While not every case will lead to Autism, it’s important to be aware of how your child is developing. Get to know the early signs of Autism to find out if your child may be affected.
Based on the Autism Science Foundation’s findings, babies that are two months old might have Autism if they exhibit certain behavior. A two-month-old baby that doesn’t respond to loud sounds, that doesn’t regularly smile at people, or that doesn’t watch people or objects as they move might have Autism. If a two-month-old doesn’t bring their hands to their mouth or if they can’t hold up their head when you push on their tummy, they might also be exhibiting early signs of Autism.
Babies at four months old should also meet certain developmental achievements. Again, if your child seems to be falling behind, it might be an early sign of Autism. Babies at four months may be affected by Autism if they can’t or won’t hold their head steady, don’t make audible sounds or “coo” regularly, don’t bring or hold things up to their mouth, don’t push down on the ground with their legs when they’re on a hard surface, or if they have trouble moving their eyes in all directions.
At six months old, a baby’s cognitive and motor skills should continue to develop. Six-month-olds should be able to reach for things on their own, they should be able to show affection for their caregivers, they should respond to sounds around them, they should be able to make vowel sounds such as “eh” and “ah”, and they should laugh or squeal on a semi-regular basis. Talk to your doctor if your baby isn’t able to perform these basic functions. Another early sign of Autism in six-month-old babies is if they seem unusually floppy or stiff in their movements.
Continuing on at nine months old, your baby should be exhibiting more advanced behavior. If your nine-month-old doesn’t look where you point, doesn’t respond to his or her own name, doesn’t babble simple words such as “mama” or “dada”, doesn’t engage in back-and-forth games, doesn’t seem to recognize familiar faces, doesn’t sit down with your help, doesn’t put weight on their legs even with support, or if they can’t pass toys from one hand to the other, your child may be exhibiting early signs of Autism. Again, look for these behavioral advancements in your child to make sure that they are developing on track.
In conclusion, the early signs of Autism in babies are related to behavioral development. Your child should be able to learn and grow at a consistent rate. If your child seems to exhibit any of the above-mentioned behavior, it might be an early sign of Autism. Contact your doctor and learn about your options as a parent.