Early identification of autism signs and symptoms in a child can lead to the best treatment outcomes. Know what you need to look out for in your infant or toddler.
Autism is a complex disorder of the brain’s development that impairs the ability of an affected child to interact and communicate with others. In addition, it causes repetitive behavior and limited interests and activities, which are issues that can hamper social and other areas of everyday functioning. Autism appears in the infancy and early childhood stage, and causes delays in various areas of development of a child, such as learning to talk, interact, and play with others. However, the most clear signs and symptoms of autism are likely to manifest themselves in children between the ages of 2-3 years.
Research shows that cases of children with autism are on the rise (approximately 10-17% annually), although it may be partly due to better understanding and diagnosis of the condition as compared to earlier times. Also, studies revealed that boys are at a 4-5 times higher risk of developing autism than girls. The signs and symptoms of autism, as well as the effects of this condition vary widely from person to person. However, most children with this disorder face challenges in verbal and nonverbal communication, relating to other people or the environment around them, and in behaving and thinking in a flexible manner.
Until recently, the cause of autism was a grey area; but now research has shed some light on the question. It is clear that there is no single cause of the disorder, but there may be a combination of various factors that lead to children developing this disorder. The causes of autism include genetics and environmental factors that can influence early brain development in a child. Although autism is not a curable disorder, doctors can create tailored plans to help each child with autism according to his or her specific symptoms and needs. Perhaps the most important part of this is the early diagnosis of the disorder in a child. Detecting autism early in a young child can help by improving the outcome, and awareness about the initial signs and symptoms is key to this early detection.
Since some of the earliest signs of autism in a baby or toddler involve the absence of normal behaviors rather than the presence of some abnormal ones, they can be quite difficult to spot. However, if the child is not doing what he or she needs to do according to the age, it may be a warning sign. If you are a parent, look out for some of these early signs of autism in your child in different areas.
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