10 Signs of Autism in Babies
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Autism is widely known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. The name reflects a broader description of autism as a group of disorders involving the brain that leads to social difficulties and repetitive behaviors. Autistic individuals can be gifted or developmentally delayed and may need help with their daily activities to varying degrees.
Autism affects 4.5 times more boys than girls and is present in all age, racial, social and ethnic groups. Scientists believe there's a genetic component to autism and are investigating triggers, such as exposure to air pollution or certain medications taken by mothers during pregnancy. Babies may exhibit early signs.1‘Autism: Early Signs in Infants and Toddlers.’ Autism Science Foundation. autismsciencefoundation.org/what-is-autism/early-signs-of-autism/resources-for-recognizing-signs
Social Interaction Signs of Autism in Babies
Babies typically respond to the people in their environment with smiles and other forms of interaction. When a parent acts like they're going to pick the baby up, the usual response is that the baby holds its arms out, smiles and wiggles. At the same time, they make eye contact.
An early sign of autism is that the baby doesn't do one or more of these actions. Another sign is that the baby doesn't wave and smile in response to a parent waving. Eye contact is limited or absent, and the baby doesn't laugh or squeal.1‘Autism: Early Signs in Infants and Toddlers.’ Autism Science Foundation. autismsciencefoundation.org/what-is-autism/early-signs-of-autism/resources-for-recognizing-signs