How to Spot Signs of Autism in Toddlers

Autism is one of the most common neurodevelopment disorders. Those diagnosed with the condition have difficulty being flexible with regards to their thinking, behavior, communication and social interaction. The condition normally manifests itself in early childhood and infancy. Although it should be noted that the symptoms and signs of autism in toddlers can vary from one child to another, we have highlighted some of the key ways you can spot the early signs.

Keep a Close Eye on Their Development

Autism is responsible for various delays in a child’s development, so it is important to closely assess whether your youngster is achieving the crucial cognitive, emotional and social milestones. It’s true that delays in your child’s development doesn’t always mean they are on the autistic spectrum; it could be a sign that there’s a risk.

If You Are Concerned, Take Appropriate Action

All children develop at different paces, so it’s important to not rush to any rash decisions if your toddler is later than others learning how to walk or talk. There is actually a significantly wide spectrum of what is considered normal development. However, if you are convinced there might be a problem with your child or they are not hitting the milestones appropriate for their age, talk to your kid’s doctor as soon as possible.

Do Not Take the Wait and See Approach

Parents are often told wait and see or don’t worry if they notice problems with their children. Waiting is not the best thing to do. Waiting means, you are going to lose important time when your child has the best chance of improving.

The fact is, though, that it doesn’t really matter in the end if their development delays are caused by autism or something else, they are not likely to just grow out of the problems they are experiencing. If they have any chance of catching up and developing their skills, they need to have additional and focused help from specialists. Make sure they get it.

Trust Your Parental Instincts

In an ideal situation, your toddler’s doctor will treat your concerns with the seriousness they deserve. They will arrange for the appropriate evaluations for autism and other disorders and conditions that could be causing the delays in their development. However, even the best and most thoughtful doctors can downplay your concerns or simply miss the red flags even if they are staring at them right in the face.

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone. Sometimes you need to just trust your parental instincts. If something feels wrong, don’t take no for an answer. Remember it’s your toddler’s development and their future that is in your hands. This period of time in their life is pivotal.

Book consistent and constant follow-up appointments with your child’s doctor and request a second opinion from another doctor or seek out a referral to see a specialist child development expert. Don’t worry about offending your doctor, as they will understand if a second opinion or assessment reveals they had a problem all along.

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