Parents start worrying when their child does not show certain skills during child’s development. It is important to understand what skills a child generally will show or how much a child can interact with parents and others during certain age. Understanding a child’s developmental milestone (at different ages) will help parents to make decision regarding whether child needs help or not in the future when in comes to ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Diagnosing ASD can be difficult because there is no medical test something like blood test, to help to identify or diagnose the disorder. By looking and studying at child’s developmental history and behavior doctors will come to conclusion where the child falls in Autism spectrum. CDC has given clear explanation regarding ASD and when parents must act to help the child.
ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older. Some people are not diagnosed until they are adolescents or adults. This delay means that children with ASD might not get the early help they need.
Early signs of ASD can include, but are not limited to
- Avoiding eye contact,
- Having little interest in other children or caretakers,
- Limited display of language (for example, having fewer words than peers or difficulty with use of words for communication), or
- Getting upset by minor changes in routine.
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: April 26, 2021