· Not showing expressions such as smiling by six months of age (or very soon after).
· Not sharing sounds back and forth with others (parents, or caregivers), or showing facial expressions by nine months.
· Not babbling by 12 months of age.
· Not reaching, pointing, or waving by 12 months of age.
· Not using or saying any words by 16 months of age.
· Not putting two-words together by 24 months of age.
· Any loss whether it be speech, social skills, or motor skills at any age.
Remember, this is just a list of basic warning signs and you should always ask and follow up with your pediatrician if you feel that your child isn’t meeting age appropriate milestones. It is always best to be proactive when it comes to the development of your child.
And here…for those of you who have already gone through the basic list, is the link to a more “modified quiz”.
A link to the diagnosis criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Autism Speaks. (2013). Learn the signs of Autism. Available online at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs