Last Updated on November 18, 2020
Children with autism are not like other children, and this is not a bad thing – it just means they are unique, they have their universe. They are more immersed in themselves, often preferring to be by themselves than interacting with the people around them. There are many signs your child might have autism, but the most classic symptom lies in the difficulties they experience when trying to engage in verbal communication. It can be hard to figure them out, to know how they feel and what they want. As a parent of a child who has an autism spectrum, you need to go that extra mile and try to understand non-verbal communication, learn how to read their facial expressions and body language and pay attention to the tiniest details. Here are 11 signs of autism that can tell you if your child has autism.
1. Before they turn one year old
Parents can figure out the first signs of autism in their children from the age of 6 months. How? Because they are not achieving small things, babies usually achieve until they turn 12 months. Some of the things you can notice are the fact that your child doesn’t seem to react to loud noises, they don’t smile back at you, they are not capable of holding objects, they won’t notice new faces, and they won’t try to get your attention with actions. Plus, autistic children usually lack social skills, and you can notice that early in their lives, as they will show little no will to interact or play with other people.
2. They display a lack of empathy
There are different spectrums and levels of autism, but some autistic kids won’t display any strong emotions. They can have some trouble understanding other people’s perspectives on things, which may cause them to react in weird ways, like laughing at someone getting injured, or showing no sympathy for someone’s suffering or joy, for example.
3. They don’t seem to show interest in the people they love
Autism in children can be particularly hard as they can have some trouble creating emotional connections with the people around, whether it’s their siblings, their parents, or even other children their age. It’s normal for them to try and avoid eye contact because they don’t feel connected with the world around them. However, they do have feelings and emotions, but they might have trouble expressing them.