Autism in Your Baby: Look for These Warning Signs

Suzanne Murray
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photo from Autism Society of America

According to the Autism Society of America, Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability and affects between 1 and 1.5 million Americans (1 in 150 births). Children are usually diagnosed with autism when they're toddlers but some say that is too late for intervention. Here's a list of possible warning signs for autism in babies from Parenting.

If by 3 months, your baby ...
Isn't making frequent eye contact.
Isn't smiling at you and the sound of your voice.

If by 6 months, your baby ...
Doesn't laugh or make other joyful expressions.

If by 8 months, your baby ...
Isn't following your gaze when you look away from him toward something else.

If by 9 months, your baby ...
Hasn't begun to babble.

If by 1 year, your baby ....
Isn't consistently turning to you when you call his name.
Shows a general disregard for vocalizations (doesn't respond to his name, for example), but has a keen awareness of environmental sounds.
Isn't engaging in back-and-forth vocalizations with you.
Hasn't begun to wave bye-bye.
Doesn't look toward things you point at.

If by 16 months, your baby ...
Has no words.

If by 18 months, your baby ...
Isn't pointing to things that interest him.

If by 24 months, your baby ...
Has no two-word meaningful phrases.

If at any time, your baby ...
Shows a loss of any of his previously mastered skills.

Don't panic if your baby exhibits one or two of these symptoms occasionally, but let your pediatrician know if you notice any of them. Your doctor will determine if your child's development warrants further testing.

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