Signs of Autism in Toddlers & When to Get Them Tested
Are you a parent or caregiver of a toddler who has exhibited concerning behavior? Are you unsure if it could be a sign of autism? If yes, early intervention ensures your child gets the best possible care and resources.
Toddlers between 18 and 24 months can show signs of autism. Early diagnosis of autism is essential for providing appropriate treatment, so it’s important to be aware of the characteristics and know when to get your child tested.
It’s important to note that children develop differently, so any unusual behavior does not always indicate autism. However, certain signs can indicate something may be wrong. Most experts agree that the signs below should not be ignored because early diagnosis and treatment can significantly affect outcomes for autism in toddlers.
Common Indicators of ASD in Toddlers
The most common signs in toddlers are difficulties with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests. They may avoid eye contact or not engage in conversations, struggle to understand others’ emotions, have difficulty expressing themselves verbally or through gestures, and become easily frustrated. They may also engage in compulsive behaviors such as stacking objects or needing sameness—e.g., lining up their toys instead of playing with them and repetitive body movements like rocking back and forth or flapping their hands.
If your child exhibits any of the above signs, seeking professional help is vital. Talk to your pediatrician about screening for autism spectrum disorder. They can refer you to a specialist specializing in diagnosing ASD in children and guide how best to support your child. Early diagnosis helps ensure that your child receives the right interventions and therapies as soon as possible to develop at their fullest potential.
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