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Did you know that approximately 1 in 36 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? While this statistic may seem startling, it is essential to understand that autism is not something to be ashamed of.

Children with autism may require extra support to achieve their goals, and early intervention can make a significant difference in their development.

One of the crucial aspects of early intervention is recognizing the early signs of autism, especially in infants. While every child develops at their own pace, there are certain behaviors and symptoms that may indicate the presence of autism spectrum disorder.

How to Identify Autism

Here are some early signs of autism in infants and other common autism symptoms that parents and caregivers should be aware of:

1. Delayed Language Development

Infants with autism may exhibit delays in speech and language development. They may not babble or coo as expected for their age, and they may have difficulty understanding or responding to verbal cues.

2. Repetitive Behaviors

Another common early sign of autism is repetitive behaviors or movements. This could include hand-flapping, rocking back and forth, or spinning objects repeatedly. These repetitive behaviors may serve as a way for the child to self-soothe or regulate their sensory experiences.

3. Sensitivity to Noises

Many infants with autism spectrum disorder are hypersensitive to certain sounds or noises. They may become distressed or agitated in response to loud noises or sudden changes in their environment.

4. Over-Fixation

Children with autism may display an over-fixation or intense focus on specific objects or interests. This autism symptom may cause them to become fixated on certain toys, objects, or patterns, and have difficulty shifting their attention to other activities.

5. Trouble With Transitions

Infants with autism may struggle with transitions or changes in routine. They may become upset or anxious when faced with unexpected changes, such as transitioning from one activity to another or experiencing a change in their environment.

How Early Can You Start Noticing These Signs?

So how early can you see signs of autism? In some cases in the first year of your baby’s life, or earlier!

Recognizing these early signs of autism in infants is crucial for early intervention and support. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for further evaluation and guidance.

Comprehensive ABA Therapy for Children

At Harmony Behavioral Health we specialize in providing comprehensive ABA therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder. Our clinic-based approach allows us to create individualized treatment plans tailored to each child’s unique needs and goals.

Our team of experienced ABA therapists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are dedicated to helping children with autism reach their full potential. With our evidence-based interventions and supportive environment, we empower children and families to thrive.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development or suspect they may be showing early signs of autism, do not hesitate to reach out to us for an assessment!

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