In most cases, detecting Autism in infants can be difficult. Most Autistic tendencies are noticed as your child grows and begins to exhibit behaviors that are consistent with the autistic tendencies. Some of these tendencies are extreme irritability, lack of expression or attention and fixating on a particular object or toy. One of the biggest factors is hearing and talking. As a toddler gets older, his speaking skills will improve. They will usually start out with one word syllables and increase words and sentences. If you notice however that as he gets older, he babbles incoherently, he may need his/her hearing tested. That is the first test done when checking for autism. Often times, they will not grow in social skills with other children but rather isolate themselves and play alone. They will avoid eye contact and touch. Sometimes these signs are very obvious and at other times, not as much. A lot of parents do not recognize the signs until the children are school age and start interacting. Most kids with Autism also have occupational difficulty such as being unable to firmly grasp objects such as a pencil or crayon and write or color.
Another factor in determining Autistic tendencies is family genetics. People who have family members who are Autistic are more likely to have children who will develop Autism or Autistic tendencies. There are also studies now that are linking Autism and Epilepsy or seizure disorders. There are at least 5 classifications of Autism. These ranges from mild to severe and depending on the severity are manageable and many people live rich, wonderful lives with Autism.
If you are concerned for your baby, talk in detail with your Pediatrician. If they suspect the possibility, they will have your baby tested at the earliest possible time to determine the results. If your child is Autistic, plug in to every single available resource that you can. Most local schools will have the tools and resources you need and they will help you in most cases as soon as your child is three years old. Join support groups and share your story with others. Many other parents will have wonderful resources and ideas that can help you deal with daily life. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for your child to live with his/her disability. While it is scary or intimidating to think your child may have Autism, it is manageable. Make yourself knowledgeable on the subject. Do everything YOU can to help your child live a normal life.