No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
There are other signs, these are not the only signs. Other areas go into autism too such as sleep problems, sensory problems, etc. However, what I would love people to understand is that a child does not have to have every single one of these symptoms to have autism. For example, Andrew has many or had many of these symptoms such as
- Has trouble understanding or talking about feelings
- Doesn’t know how to connect with others, play, or make friends
- Preoccupation with a narrow topic of interest
- Lines things up and arranges in certain order
- follow rigid routine
Thankfully both boys were diagnosed early. Andrew has shown incredible improvements the last two years since he has been in therapy. For instance, he doesn't line items up anymore. Instead he actually plays with toys appropriately almost every day!!
So, yes awareness needs to be spread daily. I have had several people thank me for helping them get their loved one diagnosed just because of my blog. There is a lot that defines autism. Much, much more than just this one small little post. For example, a child can be like Andrew and be "too" social. Many people think that you have to be like Trenton and have no socialization skills in order to have autism. Every symptoms can go either way...hypo or hyper. Trenton is hypo and Andrew is hyper.
Please, don't miss the signs! If you are the littlest bit worried, talk to your doctor. The earliest your child or loved one can get help, the better. I feel very confident saying that if I would not have got Andrew diagnosed so early, I don't think he would be as mild as he is.