Signs To Know If Your Child Has Autism

Seeing your children growing is a memorable journey. Although every child develops at their own rate children with autism will experience some developmental delays. As early as 18 months of age, and possibly even earlier, some parents may notice signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their kids.

What is autism?

ASD is a developmental disorder that can be brought on by a number of things, including abnormalities in brain development and genetics. Social interaction and communication are common difficulties for children with ASD. It's crucial to keep in mind that not all autistic kids will exhibit the same symptoms. The word "spectrum" denotes a broad range of potential symptoms and degrees of seriousness. While some kids might only need a little assistance, others might require a lot to fulfill and learn their daily tasks.

Children with early symptoms of autism

Among the early-stage signs of autism are:

  • Avoiding eye contact and remaining silent when their name is being called.
  • When someone smiles at them, they don't return with a smile.
  • If they dislike a particular flavour, odour or sound, they will become agitated.
  • They perform repetitive movements such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers or continuously rocking their bodies.
  • Compared to other kids, they don't talk as much and tend to repeat themselves.
  • When toys or other items are arranged in a line, they become agitated if the order is broken.
  • They act the same way each timewhile playing with toys.
  • Unanticipated responses to an object's sound, smell, taste, looks or feelings.
  • Small adjustments may annoy them.

You might observe the following developmental problems in a child with autism:

  • Late development of language skills.
  • Lag in learning or cognitive abilities.
  • Unusual emotional reactions or mood swings.
  • Either a lack of fear or more intense fear.
  • Either seizures or epilepsy.
  • Unusual eating and sleeping habits.

Autism in boys and girls can occasionally vary. Girls with autism are more reserved, keep their emotions to themselves and appear to perform better in social situations and because of this, it can be challenging to diagnose autism in female child.

What should you do if your child shows signs of autism?

If you notice any early signs of autism in your infant, toddler, or pre-schooler, don't wait to get help. If your child is having trouble fitting in and his differences are having an impact on his life, or if you have a sneaking suspicion that something isn't right, consult your paediatrician.

How do you handle an autistic child?

Knowing that their child has autism can be a big shock to parents, and they frequently wonder what will happen next.

How to support their little one?

While it is true that your child won't "grow out of" autism, there are a number of therapies and treatments that can assist your child in overcoming the difficulties associated with the disorder. In order to avoid accepting stereotypes and preconceived notions about autism, parents must first conduct research and learn more about the condition. However, be sure to learn about it from reliable sources and facts that are supported by research. You can get help with this from your healthcare provider. Take time to educate yourself, keep asking questions, and actively engage in your treatment.

In-home behavioral therapy, school-based programs, and even free government services are just a few examples of possible treatment options.Assistance is available to meet your child’s unique needs, and with the right care and support, your child will be able to learn and thrive.


Parents must always keep in mind that their children are special in their own right. After receiving the diagnosis, try to avoid drawing any hasty conclusions. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sufferers are capable of learning and growing in their own abilities. Adopt your child's quirks and celebrate their accomplishments, no matter how small, rather than focusing on how they are different from other children. Making your child feel unwaveringly loved and supported is the best thing you can do.

Parents who are caring for a child with autism must also pay attention to their own health because being emotionally stable will make them the best parents possible.

Dr. Ashu Sawhney
Additional Director
Department of Neonatology & Paediatrics
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