Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Symptoms
disorder that begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood; affects three crucial areas of development: communication, social interaction, and creative or imaginative play.
Early Signs and Symptoms of ASD
Symptoms of () vary from one child to the next, but in general, they fall into two areas:Social impairment, including difficulties with social communication Repetitive and stereotyped behaviors.
Children with do not follow typical patterns when developing social and communication skills. Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child. Often, certain behaviors become more noticeable when comparing children of the same age.
In some cases, babies with may seem different very early in their development. Even before their first birthday, some babies become overly focused on certain objects, rarely make contact, and fail to engage in typical back-and-forth play and babbling with their parents.
Other children may develop normally until the second or even third year of life, but then start to lose interest in others and become silent, withdrawn, or indifferent to social signals. Loss or reversal of normal development is called regression and occurs in some children with …