Monday, April 24, 2017
The signs of autism
Parents, she says, need to recognize the warning signs.
But--remember, interventions are available and recognizing the signs is constructive.
The most fundamental red flags are:
--No big smiles or warm, joyful expressions by 6 mos or thereafter
--No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, and facial expressions by 9 mos
--No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by a year
--No words by 16 months
--No two-word phrases (without repeating from the parent) by 2 yrs
--Any loss of speech or babbling at any age
Your pediatrician will watch for signs--but if you are concerned, face it, and ask.