Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can look different in different people. It’s a developmental disability that affects the way people communicate, behave, or interact with others. There’s no single cause for it, and symptoms can be very mild or very severe.
Some children who are on the spectrum start showing signs as young as a few months old. Others seem to have normal development for the first few months or years of their lives and then they start showing symptoms.
If your child is on the spectrum, he might show some social symptoms by the time he’s 8 to 10 months old. These may include any of the following:
He can’t respond to his name by his first birthday.
Playing, sharing, or talking with other people doesn’t interest him
He prefers to be alone.
He avoids or rejects physical contact.
When he’s upset, he doesn’t like to be comforted.
He doesn’t understand emotions – his own or others’.