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Could Your Baby be Suffering From Autism?

Mind you, we were all that age once – and no-one is going to disagree that a baby is more vulnerable than any other kind of person.


Given such facts, one is often left in a dilemma when forced to accept that if a baby has a mental handicap, the sooner it is addressed, the better. This is because visible signs of autism in the very young are not always especially clear until he or she is 2 to 3 years of age. Diagnosing autism in anyone younger is very much harder when a baby is… just a baby, really.


Even in this day and age of superior medical advancements where comprehensive research as well as clinical trials are everyday occurrences, there is only so much the medical community can do for spotting signs of autism in as young children as possible. But they are able to offer certain tips to anyone not a medical expert (such as the average parent). It is based on the logic that we all are same, start to do new things at more or less the same age, develop more or less equally etc. As such, the key things to look for in the age group of 6 months to 2 years are signs of deficiencies in social interaction (and chances are that a child’s parents would surely notice these). The following five points illustrate good examples of what is meant by this.


1.         Naivety and all, children without autism will be seen to start smiling when they are six months old. If the child is not really smiling at six months this is something to take note of; it could be a sign of something rather serious.

2.         When a child is nine months old he or she will begin to recognize his or her parents and other people around them. If, on the other hand, your child shows confusion and estrangement at this age, it may well be a sign that there is something wrong.

3.         When a child is nearly a whole year old you can expect him or her to show signs of being inquisitive; typically he or she will point to things or other people out of interest. If this is not present in your son or daughter it is worth investigating if they will copy any simple action you demonstrate for them – for instance, a clap.

4.         It is when a non-autistic child is almost one and a half years old that he or she will begin to say his or her own words, with or without prompting.

5.         Non-autistic children begin to attempt to string words together when they are about two years old.

On the website, full-time Internet author and child autism specialist Thomas Stewart offers advice and an e-Course.

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