Early treatment and detection of autism is critical, what are the autism symptoms in Toddlers? When your baby or toddler is in pain, it is not hard to notice that he will need help. But with a disorder like autism it is hard noticing that there is something wrong. The average onset of the diagnosis lays around 3 to 4 years. However, most parents notice there is something wrong around 18 months. At first autism was blamed to some vaccinations that were given approximately 18 months after birth but research has showed that there is no relation between autism and vaccinations.
The first symptoms of autism can be found in the first year of development. It is very hard to notice any symptoms in the first year because not every baby will develop at the same pace. When your bay reaches a particular milestone a few weeks later, there is nothing to worry about at first. But when this is the case for a range of milestones than seeking advice with your doctor is a good idea.
There has been a lot of research about autism and the early development of the disorder. In a well known experiment they taped the behavior of baby’s before they knew if they had autism. When later development showed that some of these babies had autism, they looked back at the videos and try to find some differences in the behavior. This experiment revealed that there were some different behavior patterns seen in these babies. The first thing they noticed was that these babies did not gaze at someone who is giving him attention (social gazing). The second thing was that they also did not use joint gazing, when parent and baby will watch at the same person or object. In these 2 differences we can already see the primary symptoms of autism: draw in your own world and a lack of sympathy for others.
Another thing that was seen in research was that infants with autism still used primary reflexes. Where in a normal development these primary symptoms will slowly reduce and go away, these infants remained the reflexes. Because of this they were more clumsy in moving around.
Although these signs are very subtle, autism symptoms in toddlers or infants are noticeable. The best way in noticing is to have a close look at their development and see when they get behind. Therefore it is important to keep close contact with your doctor to see if your child keeps up with development.