Early autism signs

Early intervention is considered to be the most important action to help your child reach their fullest possible potential but are you aware about the few common early autism signs. 

if not heres a few pointers intended for pre-school children 

(this is not an exhausted list by any means but it may help some who were unsure weather to be seeking advice for their child) 

It is widely considered that the earlier the help the better future outcome for the child, happier children make happier adults.


SOME TYPICAL EARLY SIGNS


Spoken word/language


1) SPEECH your child may have fewer words than the peers, 

(according to NHS England less than around 50 words by the age of 2) 

2) Or your child may have no words at all, 

3) Or they could have had some words but have had a loss of speech, which is called regression. 

4) Your child may also repeatedly say the same word or phase over and over again (most commonly from an favourite programmes or channel) which is called echolalia 

5) If your child does have some speech they may prefer to speak in single words rather than sentences i.e. yes/no red/blue


Interaction


1) Your child may display little interest in interacting with other people, including other children in same age group also when people visit your home your child may seek to be in a different room or upstairs. 

2) Your child may become unsettled about people entering their personal space

3) Avoids interaction by avoiding eye contact 

4) Avoids interaction by closing ear canal by pressing it shut with fingers

5) Does not respond to their name being called 

(despite having having no problems with hearing ) 

6) May resist pressure based requests by others


sensory behaviours


1) Repetitive movements and sounds, 

such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers in front of their eyes, holding their arms in a tense sensation while possibly clenching teeth.

2) Using toys in a repetitive and precise way such as lining up blocks or cars which if disturbed in any way causes the child to become distressed.

3) Prefers familiar routines and becomes distressed if the routine is broken in any way

4) Your child may be sensitive to loud sounds, smells and bright lights

5) Your child may have a strong dislike of certain foods based on colour or textures


If you are still little unsure we would be happy to meet you and your child and advise any appropriate action in a calm, fun , safe, sensory environment.

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