Posted on: April 29, 2019
“How do I know if my child has autism?” If this is a question that has been plaguing your mind, it is likely that you have already seen concerning developmental delays. Whether pointed out by a loved one or observed on your own, it can be difficult to determine what these signs mean for your child. Understanding these signs and symptoms can help you determine if your child is displaying signs of autism.
As a parent, understanding the important developmental milestones that your child may be missing is the best place to start. These common signs will provide a clearer picture of your child’s overall functioning. Your child may have autism if:
When considering this list, keep in mind that children with autism may not show every sign mentioned above. In addition, some children who do not have autism may exhibit some of these signs. Also, remember that these ages represent a general timeline for important developmental milestones, but actual timelines may vary depending on the child. In fact, many children with autism reach early developmental milestones at the appropriate time, but then begin to lose ground.
In addition to signs related to specific developmental milestones, there are also several signs of autism that should be considered. These signs can exhibit themselves at any age and often include:
If your child is exhibiting any of these signs, the best next step is to seek a professional evaluation. Don’t wait to seek help if you are concerned about your child’s development. Your pediatrician is an excellent resource to help screen your child for symptoms of autism, and a formal evaluation by a licensed professional will help you reach a proper diagnosis. This is a crucial step for understanding your child’s world.
At Edgewood Clinical Services, we offer comprehensive autism testing services for children as young as 12 months. From the beginning steps of diagnosis, our clinicians will walk alongside you on this journey as we help your child receive the proper care. To learn more about the services available at Edgewood Clinical Services, contact us today!