Early Indicators

When Do Children Develop Autism?

Autism is generally thought to be present from birth, but the behavioral characteristics associated with autism may not be apparent right away. Some parents of children with autism describe their children as being "different" soon after birth. They may appear to be either very quiet and “good babies” or very fussy and they often do not develop language and other skills at the same time as other children. Other parents report that their children appear to develop normally until approximately 18-24 months of age. At this time the children seem to stop developing new skills and often lose skills that they had previously mastered. Parents often report that the child stops talking and is no longer interested in playing with them.

It’s important to monitor your child’s development and discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s physician. You can learn more about when children typically reach certain developmental milestones by clicking here.

Early Indicators of Autism (some, not all, could be present)



                                                   Watch How to recognize the early signs of autism

                                 You can learn more about the Red Flags associated with autism by clicking here.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists developmental milestones, fact sheets on developmental disabilities and resources.