What age can you see the first Autism symptoms? Usually it is around the age of two. Some parents will recall
the signs of Autism when they were just infants.
If you are a first time parent, it is very difficult to see the Autism symptoms, this early, in infants. You have
nothing to compare to. Parents who have had more than one child with the Autism Spectrum Disorder will tend to
notice it faster the second time around.
Even parents who have had more than one child with ASD can have a hard time seeing the characteristics for Autism
in another child if the Autism symptoms are mild. We have two children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and they
have shown different types of Autism signs.
Here is what to look for. Infants tend to be very quiet often not crying. They seem to be unaware of their
In toddlers, the signs are more obvious. Being non-verbal is a strong sign. Even if your child does not have
Autism, it does not hurt to have them checked out. Some children will have speech and then loose it. Hand flapping,
stomping of the feet, obsessive interest in unusual objects, sensitivity to being touched or to their clothing,
picky eater, lack of eye contact, interest in spinning objects or spinning themselves, emotional outbursts, lining
up toys and objects, being fascinated by lights and moving objects are all Autism symptoms.
Early intervention is very important in the treatment of Autism, therefore if you have any concerns about your
child having Autism; please see your family doctor as soon as possible to see if they can have a test done for your
child. Waiting lists for professionals who treat Autism such as occupational therapists, child development workers,
behavior therapists and speech language pathologists can be very long.
If your child does have Autism, the faster they are diagnosed then the faster they can be seen by these
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