Autism spectrum disorder (or ASD) is distinguished by a wide variation of social, communication, and cyclical behaviors that are considered somewhat out of character for children.
Every autistic individual will experience these symptoms differently and on a mild to severe spectrum. However, the following 14 behaviors are considered common early warning symptoms of autism in children…
1. Disconnection to Others
Children with autism often seem distant or disconnected to loved ones (for example, parents and siblings). For instance, they may seem to be emotionally disconnected from others and may not register the difference between facial cues. In other words, children with autism often don’t react any differently to a frown or scowl as they would to a smile or laugh.
It’s important to keep in mind that autistic children are not disconnected emotionally themselves; they simply don’t understand or pick up on social cues as efficiently or quickly as other children. In addition to not reacting normally to the facial expressions and social cues of others, babies with autism also tend not to smile or react joyfully themselves. They also have a diminished or non-existent capacity for the normal back-and-forth sharing of sounds or facial expressions. Typically, these symptoms will manifest by the time the baby is about 9 months old.