Signs & Symptoms of Autism in Toddler

Symptoms of Autism in Toddler

Autism is a nervous system disease that causes problems in the way a child develops, learns, and grows. Usually the issues start before age 3. The prevalence of autistic spectrum disorder is estimated to be 1 – 6 per 1000 children.

All relatives like to watch their baby laughing, smiling, mumbling, reacting to different things that happen around it. Toddlers also like adult’s attention. As a matter of fact, such behavior is not only a love expression, but also an important stage in toddler’s developing. But there are some toddlers who seem to live in their "own world"; they don’t try to communicate, they are not curious to discover something new, they don’t like to be paid attention and share their emotions. That’s all are symptoms of autism in toddler.

Your toddler probably is autistic when he/she:

  • refuses tactil contact with you;
  • doesn’t talk at the age of 3;
  • prefers to be alone;
  • has no interest to relate to others and the world around him/her;
  • doesn’t make eye contact;
  • makes very few gestures;
  • speaks in an abnormal tone of voice, or with an odd rhythm or pitch;
  • repeats the words of other people, creating an "echo";
  • walks on tip-toe;
  • doesn’t react when someone talks to him;
  • doesn’t want to be touched, cuddled, held.

The average age for an toddler autism diagnosis is between three and four years old, but some kids are diagnosed much later (e.g. already being in school). No matter when the disease should be discovered, try to follow the next tips to help your toddler:

  1. Try to make your kid feel as a normal (not sick or half disabled) part of a family;
  2. Let your toddler create his/her schedule by himself/herself (let him/her decide when it’s time to eat, play, go for a walk, sleep etc.);
  3. Praise your toddler for each "successful action". The majority of autistic kids don’t remember what happened yesterday, so they should be praised each time again and again;
  4. Don’t forget that bad behavior turns into a habit very quickly. Try to not let your child repeat something that should not be repeated and approve each good change in his/her behavior!
  5. Try to do everything with your kid together teaching him/her right and wrong;
  6. Be patient and never show your irritation or anger!
  7. It is better to put your kid in the special school (there are ones for the children with typical social skills and poor reading skills). There your child will get the appropriate surrounding, attention, patience and attitude.

As a parent you should always remember that you play a crucial role in the life of your baby. See a developmental specialist in autism, seek early interventional services. Try to be patient and affectionate to your baby. It’s not easy, but it will be worth it.

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