There are Three forms of onset of autism are possible:
Very early form : first months
Form that begins between one and two years
Form that manifests after the age of two
Autism is a disorder of early childhood that develops and continues until adulthood. And it is characterized mainly by:
Alterations in social interactions,
Alterations in verbal and non-verbal communication,
Restricted, stereotypical and repetitive activities.
These disorders appear before 30 months in at least one of these areas.
Warning ! Only specialists (psychologists, psychiatrists, etc.) will be authorized to make a diagnosis of autism. This list is not exhaustive. It aims to enlighten you so that you can then be guided towards a thorough clinical examination which may or may not validate your suspicions about possible autistic disorders. Do not hesitate to contact a specialist quickly.
We can recognize autism more and more early thanks to diagnostic tools used by professionals, which is less obvious when we are a parent. But certain signs can alert, in particular through the behaviors of the young child:
* A lack of interest in the members of his entourage,
* Few eye contacts exchanged or even an avoidance of the gaze,
* An impression of deafness: the child reacts little to his first name,
* The lack of initiation of contact: does not seek the adult,
* Unusual cries,
* Discomfort when touching and / or caressing,
* Extreme tranquility or, on the contrary, irritability,
* A rarity of smiles,
* Few facial expressions ,
* He resists the change of routine, shows dissatisfaction,
* He can put himself in danger (is not aware of the risks).
* We also observe a notable delay in language acquisition or even its absence:
* A poverty of vocalizations and babbling,
* Words that lack meaning,
* A restricted vocabulary,
* The repetition of sentences heard,
* The use of meaningless words,
* A bizarre rhythm and tone,
* Some take the adult hand to guide it to the desired object or repeatedly ask for things.
* In terms of symbolic activity, play, it is rather rare and we especially observe:
* Repetitive motor movements,
* A lack of curiosity and exploration of the environment,
* Objects are used in an unusual way, carried to the mouth, aligned,
* There is a particular attraction for all rotating objects,
* Later we see children who can not play alone to tell stories, nor can not play with their friends,
* A lack of imitation.