I wanted to take the time to talk to you about autism in toddlers. Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects the senses. It typically leaves a person lacking the motor skills of communication and relating to others. The severity of cases can greatly vary from person to person; so keeping the definition general will help you to fully understand. This disorder is something a person is born with and will have for the rest of their life. There is no cure available at this time, though there are some treatment options available and successful in some cases. I'm going to inform you on what you need to know about autism in toddlers.
To identify the signs of autism in young child can be difficult. The signs can be observed within the first year. Doctors will not make any diagnoses until the child reaches around 3 or 4 years of age. The reason is that communication and relating skills don't come to all children at the same time. Some are more behind than others and by the time that they reach the age of 4 they have these skills. When it comes to treating autism, the earlier you start, the higher the success rate. This is why I think identifying this early can be important and if it turns out that you're wrong, it's really no big deal.
There are some very important characteristics that can help identify autism in toddlers. A lot of people don't really look at babies as beacons of communication, but they actually do it. If you smile at your child, they'll smile back. If you make eye contact with them, they'll hold it with yours. They have this amazing ability to pick up on body language and reciprocate it. When it comes to autism, they may not respond to this stimulus. They may not smile back or lock eye contact with you.
Another aspect of autism in toddlers is repetitive behavior. This is something that comes along with autism that is a little different than communicating and relating with others. It's a little hard, in some cases, to identify this, so you really need to pay attention. If your child as a toy car and likes to turn it upside down and spin the wheels with their fingers, that could be a sign. Another sign could be stacking things or laying things out in a straight line. This is the repetitive like behavior that is associated with autistic children.
Lastly, autism in toddlers can be identified by attention. I'm sure you've been to many birthday parties with children and when the clown (or other entertainment) enters the room, the children get excited. Autism leaves children missing these things. At the site of a clown, they may look totally aloof. It's the same thing if a balloon popped with a big bang. Most children (and adults) would look in the direction of the bang, but an autistic child probably won't even look.
With these signs, you should be able to identify any signs of autism in toddlers and you should be able to seek early treatment for them.