An early autism diagnosis can really help with a child's development. Here are symptoms to look out for in children aged two and up.
Most children with autism aren't given a reliable diagnosis until they are four years of age or older. As we have covered in two other articles in recent weeks, a child with autism spectrum disorder may start to show signs of autism much earlier than that. This week we cover symptoms to be on the lookout for in children aged two or older.
While finding reliable signs in children under two can be tricky, BabyCenter reports that doctors can actually diagnose autism in a two-year-old. There are also a lot more signs to be on the lookout for once they reach this age. Some two-year-olds with autism won't talk at all, while others may struggle to do so or have issues participating in conversation.
How your child focuses on particular objects may also be a sign of autism. Focusing in on one object, or one aspect of one object could be an indicator. That might be something as simple as continually spinning one wheel on a toy car. Lining up or arranging their toys so that they are in some sort of uniform order is also a cause for concern, especially at such a young age.
An unwillingness to break from routine is a common trait in children with autism spectrum disorder. That symptom can actually manifest itself at this early age. Even a slight change in their daily routine might cause them to throw a tantrum. Those rituals can also extend to meal times. Even though all children tend to be fussy eaters, autistic children can well take that to the next level.
As with pretty much anything that requires a diagnosis, catching autism early will mean better development for your child as they grow. Although signs of it may be exhibited in the first two years of your child's life, it's after the 24-month mark that symptoms will really start to show themselves. As always with these types of issues, if you are worried that your little one might have autism, always consult a medical professional.