Whilst many children with autism will experience similar difficulties, as autism is a spectrum disorder these difficulties may show to varying degrees.
Common indicators that your child might sit on the autistic spectrum include:
Diagnosing autism in children does not tend to take place before the age of 2 as up until this point children develop and regress in terms of language and social skills.
In a few children under the age of 18 months the signs can be quite clear – for instance not maintaining eye contact, repetitive play and choosing to play on their own.
A parent’s instinct is very strong at picking up when things don’t seem quite right so we would always urge you to seek help if you are at all worried. Your child may be presenting you with behaviour which you do not know how to address, they may be unable to follow basic instructions, or understand the intentions of others.
Early intervention can really help put in place any adjustments that can help your child and you support their needs. The earlier you address your child’s difficulties the better able they will be to cope and achieve in life by providing for their best interests.
If you are concerned that your child is showing signs of autism then you can speak to one of our qualified clinical advisors who can discuss whether an autism assessment might be helpful, free of charge. Please call 020 3761 7026 to speak to someone today.