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Early Signs of Autism

Early Signs of Autism


Updated January 10, 2011

According to the CDC, as many as 1 out of every 100 children may be autistic, so if you're a parent of a young child and worried about the early signs of autism, you have a right to be concerned. It's a good idea to keep a close eye on your young child, because even very young children can be diagnosed. And research shows that the earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the prognosis for good outcomes.

So what should you be looking for? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these are some of the earliest red flags for autism:

Possible Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders

It's important to remember that there are many possible explanations for most of the symptoms listed above. A child's attachment to a particular toy or difficulty with language skills is not, in itself, a sign of autism.

It's also important to remember that a child who does have excellent language skills may still be diagnosable on the autism spectrum. In fact, some children who are diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome have extraordinary language and reading skills.

Other Possible Early Signs of Autism

Today, autism is generally diagnosed through a process of interviews with parents and observation of children. Some researchers, however, have found correlations between certain physical issues and autism.

If You See Signs that Suggest Autism

If You're Ready to Seek an Evaluation for Your Child

If you think you see early signs of autism, but your pediatrician doesn't agree, who's right? It may be that your pediatrician is incorrect. Find out more in Early Signs of Autism Your Pediatrician May Miss.


Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders) National Institute of Mental Health, 2004

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