Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show differences in social and language skills at infancy. These can be less obvious differences such as body gestures and social languages that can easily go unnoticed.
As a provider of behavior analysis in Florida we give importance to tracking milestones for your child’s age to see if they are going through development typical for their age. Here are some common signs for children 24 months and below according to healthychildren.org:
- 12 months
A child would typically turn his head when he hears his name. A child with ASD might not turn to look even after being called several times.
- 18 months
A child with delayed speech skills may point, gesture, or use facial expressions to make up for the lack of talking. A child with ASD might not attempt to compensate for delayed speech or may limit speech to echoing what is heard.
- 24 months
Children with typical development may bring things to their parents and share it with them. A child with ASD might bring things to parents for help but would not look at their parents’ faces when they do. They usually don’t share the pleasure of playing together.
However, keep in mind that children with ASD do not have exactly the same symptoms. When in doubt, it is best to seek the help of a behavior analyst.
Does your child have ASD? We at Autism Interacts ABA can help. We are a provider of ABA therapy in New Port Richey, Florida.
We provide various services such as behavior therapy, direct ABA service, parent training, and verbal behavior.