What are the Signs of Autism?
It is important to know what typically developing milestones are for your child, as well as learn the signs of autism spectrum disorder. This will allow you to keep a close eye on your child and know if it is time to conduct a developmental screening or seek an evaluation.
Not all children with autism show all the signs and many children who don’t have autism show a few. The following ‘red flags’ may indicate that your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder.
|By 6 months||Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging facial expressions
Limited or no eye contact
By 9 months
Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions
|By 12 months||Little or no babbling
Little or no back and forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving
Little or no response to name
By 16 months
|Very few or no words|
By 24 months
|Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)|
|At any age||Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
Avoidance of eye contact
Persistent preference for solitude
Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
Delayed language development
Repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
(Autism Speaks, 2019)
Wondering if your child could be on the autism spectrum? Take the autism screener today
The M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) consists of 20 Yes or No questions that can help determine if a professional should evaluate your child. This simple online autism screening tool only takes a few minutes and is available on our website. Once submitted, our developmental specialist will reach out to you to share your child’s results and get your questions answered.