What is Autism?
Autism is a neurological development disorder that affects three main areas of the brain:
Cognitive and intellectual abilities can vary from mentally disabled to above average intelligence and savant. Those with autism are neither all gifted nor all mentally impaired.
Autism - Social/Communication Red Flags
If your baby shows any of these signs, please ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation:
No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
No babbling by 12 months
No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing,reaching, or waving by 12 months
No words by 16 monthsNo two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age
Signs of Asperger Syndrome:
Difficulty making friends
Difficulty with non-verbal social cues, such as facial expressions
No understanding that others may have thoughts or feelings different from his or her own
Obsessive focus on a narrow subject
Awkward motor skills
Inflexibility about routines
Unusual patterns of speech
Stereotyped or repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities
Can also have low muscle tone, gastrointestinal problems and anxiety.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, consult a physician as soon as possible.
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