Parenting is not just about shopping for beautiful baby clothes in Malaysia. There are quite a lot challenges to deal with, most especially with regards to your child’s health. Of course, we want our children to be happy and healthy. In connection to this, one of the things you need to watch out for in the early months of your child are signs of autism.

Autism spectrum disorder can be noticed from infancy until early childhood, causing tons of delays in several basic areas of child development, like learning how to play, talk and interact with other people. Each child with autism has issues in these areas:
-Behaving and thinking flexibly
-Communicating non-verbally and verbally
-Relating to other people and the tings around them

The early signs: If your toddler or baby doesn’t:

  • Respond or initiate to cuddling, or fails to reach out when to be picked up
  • Imitate your facial expressions and movements
  • Play with other individuals who share the same enjoyment and interest
  • Care or notice if you experience discomfort, or hurt yourself
  • Make eye contact, like smiling when being smiled at, or looking at you when being fed
  • Respond to the sound of a familiar voice, or respond his or her own name
  • Follow your gesture when you are pointing this out, or follow objects visually
  • Wave or point goodbye, or use other kinds of gestures to communicate
  • Make noises in order to get your attention

Language and signs of speech difficulties

  • Wrong uses of language, from wrong words to grammatical errors, or referring to herself or himself in the third person
  • Having a hard time communicating desires and needs
  • Fails to understand simple questions directions and statements
  • Takes everything that is said literally, and misses undertones of irony, humor and sarcasm
  • Speaks in an odd rhythm or pitch, or abnormal voice tone
  • Repeats the same phrases or words over and over, without communicative intent
  • Responds to questions by repeating it, instead of answering it

The Signs: Nonverbal communication difficulties

  • Reacts unusually to smells, sights, sounds and textures
  • Sensitive to loud noises
  • Abnormal clumsiness, posture and eccentric ways of moving
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Can also be unresponsive to people leaving and entering
  • Uses facial expressions that fail to match what she is saying
  • Fails to pick up on people’s tone of voice, facial expressions and gestures