Parents watch their children like hawks, absorbing and processing all that their little ones can or cannot do. With news headlines frequently exploring the rise in autism, it’s natural to worry that your toddler’s behavior, or language or motor delays, are signs of this.
Talk to your child’s doctor about your concerns. Find out what’s typical and what warrants further evaluation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism at 18 months and 24 months of age; if your child hasn’t had the screening, request it.
The main red flags, which may or may not indicate autism, to watch for at this age include:
- Not being able to say meaningful, 2-word phrases
- No interactive gestures, such as pointing, reaching or waving
- A significant delay or loss of speech, babbling or social skills
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