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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is increasingly common, yet many children and adults remain undiagnosed. Understanding the early signs of autism, especially in toddlers, is vital.

An ASD diagnosis does not change a person– instead, it empowers them to access the focused support they need to thrive!

Early detection of autistic behavior in children is paramount because it allows for early intervention, which can make all the difference in a child’s life and their journey toward a happy and healthy future. Identifying the early signs of autism is as simple as opening your eyes to the unique behaviors of each child.

In case you need some guidance in recognize the signs of autism, here are some of the most common ones: 

  • Communication Difficulties– Delayed speech and language development are common toddler signs of autism. Toddlers and other young children may find it hard to understand and use language effectively.
  • Social Challenges– Children with autism may struggle with social interactions, including making eye contact and responding to social cues. This can be a clear sign of their condition.
  • Difficulty with Play– One common autism sign in a child is struggling to engage in imaginative or pretend play and preferring repetitive or solitary activities are signs often observed in autistic children.
  • Sensory Sensitivities– Many children with autism have heightened or diminished sensory perceptions, leading to discomfort in certain environments. These sensitivities are typical autism signs in a child.
  • Repetitive Behaviors– Autism often involves repetitive movements or behaviors, such as hand-flapping or obsessively arranging objects. Recognizing these behaviors is essential.
  • Challenges with Transitions– Difficulty adjusting to transition is common autistic behavior in children that can cause them to become agitated when their daily schedule is disrupted.
  • Lack of Empathy– Difficulty understanding and empathizing with the emotions of others is a common sign of autism in children.

Recognizing the early signs of autism is the first step in providing your child with the support they need. Early intervention can significantly impact your child’s developmental progress, leading to enhanced communication skills and overall enhanced quality of life.

At Harmony Behavioral Health we specialize in helping parents identify toddler signs of autism and creating personalized plans to address their child’s unique needs. Our experienced professionals are dedicated to supporting your child’s journey through Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas. 

We understand that every child is unique, and our approach focuses on understanding individual and family needs. 

If you suspect that your child may be displaying signs of autism or have received an autism diagnosis then contact us today to get the support you need!

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