You're the first person who will know if there's something amiss in your child's behaviour. While it's terrifying and heartbreaking to even entertain the idea that autism might be the problem, the silver lining is that the younger your child is when they start therapy, the more beneficial the therapy. So even if you're tempted to, don't adopt the wait-and-watch approach, hoping that your child will grow out of it, if you really do spot symptoms of autism in your child.
Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a range of closely related disorders with a similar set of symptoms. The signs of it appear in early childhood where the baby encounters problems in the basic areas of social development like talking and mingling with others. Autism affects different kids differently. While some kids are only mildly affected, others might have more severe socialisation problems. Here are some common signs that can help you detect autism a baby who's just hit the one-year-old mark. If you notice these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately and proceed with therapy.
1. Poor eye contact (For example, if the child refuses to look at you while eating, etc.)
2. Doesn't respond to his or her name
3. Doesn't smile or express emotions through facial expressions.
4. Doesn't follow objects visually.
5. Doesn't use gestures to communicate. (For example, waving goodbye or pointing at objects)
6. Doesn't look at objects that you point out.
7. Doesn't ask for help when needed.
8. Rarely makes noise to get your attention.
9. Avoids cuddling and other physical contact.
10. Finds it extremely difficult to cope with a change in routine.
11. Repetitive physical movement patterns (For example, keeps rocking back and forth while sitting)
12. Abnormal speech pattern or tones (For example, talks in a robotic/staccato manner)