Autism symptoms can be elusive. Toddlers grow and develop at different rates. We know that. What happens when you start to notice areas where a child isn’t hitting the developmental milestones?
Have you noticed any of these 7 early developmental red flags?
By 12 months old children will be using simple gestures to communicate such as waving bye.
They will also be crawling, walking and exploring their environment.
When to be concerned with development:
18 month old’s can walk alone, point to an object they want or say single words and shake their head no.
2 years old interact for the joy of interaction with a parent.
A parent might be more of a means to an end …….ie fill my cup with juice instead of a fun interaction
3 year old’s begin to understand social and cooperative play.
They choose friends, learn what it means to share and play side by side with their new friends.
You may notice delays in social play such as having a conversation, making friends, or understanding social cues such as a friendly smile.
Also look for these signs:
1st stop is to make an appointment with your pediatrician.
This is your home base. Let your pediatrician know your concerns and take your behavior observation journal with you.
You can ask for a referral to a developmental pediatrician, child neurologist or child psychiatrist.
All of these child specialist can provide a more in-depth understanding of your child and their behavior.
You can look for a local developmental pediatrician here: