Early Detection Key To Autism

Autism, which is characterized by an individual's inability to communicate or interact with others, can not be cured, but early detection can lead to helpful early treatment. Unusual behaviors such as repetitive spech, tantrums, oversensitivity to sound and so on, are the most commonly known symptoms of Autisms, but the condition covers a wide spectrum and the symptoms vary greatly in their nature and severity. While there is no cure, early treatment can significantly improve the life of the patient. This means that it is especially important that parents be aware of the "red flags." Many warn that the most dangerous attitude can be "wait and see." Anyone who realizes their child might be suffering from a disorder like autism is initially skeptical and in denial, but waiting too long can make the problem much worse. Since Autism symptoms vary so widely, and so does the normal development of any young child, it is important for parents to be aware of the specific red flags to look for at different stags of their child's development. If parent's have any type of concern whatsoever, they are encouraged to get it checked out. Here is a brief version of the list of red flags offered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

By the end of 3 months
- does not respond to loud noises, - does not smile at people, - does not babble, -seems frightened by new surroundings, -dramatic loss of skills

By the end of 7 months
- seems stiff, tight muscles, - reaches with only 1 hand, - shows no affection, - does not respond to sounds

By the end of 1 year
- does not crawl,- cannot stand when supported, -no interest in some games, - does not point to objects or pictures.

By the end of 2 years
- can not walk, -does not imitate actions or words, - does not follow simple instructions

By the end of 3 years
-poor eye contact, - frequent falling, -persistent drooling, - unclear speech, - little interest in other children, - no "pretend" play.

For the full list, see the article below:


Leonard, Mary Delach. "Early Detection Key to Autism." St. Louis Post Dispatch. 23 July 2007. http://www.contracostatimes.com/health/ci_6442166