Being a parent is an awesome and sometime unnerving part of life. You are responsible for another human being's life and well-being 24 hours a day. And you may find yourself often wondering if your child is meeting their milestones and developing "normally." While every child is different, you may find yourself in a situation in which you wonder whether your child may be on the autism spectrum. There are many signs that your child may have autism. Get to know some of those signs. Then, you can talk to your child's doctor if you do notice signs and get the support and resources you will need to care for your child if they do fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.
Your Child Has Trouble with Eye Contact
One of the many signs that something may be going on with your child is how and if they make eye contact. Does your child have trouble looking you in the eye? If they make eye contact, do they quickly dart their eyes away? Do they seem to go out of their way to avoid making eye contact?
Should your child exhibit any of these behaviors, they may be showing signs of autism. Many individuals with autism find making eye contact uncomfortable, distracting, and stressful. Because of this, they avoid making any prolonged eye contact or eye contact at all. Eye contact issues may be indicative of other social issues as well, but is most often associated with autism. This is a symptom that you should definitely bring up to your child's doctor if you notice it.
Your Child Is Disconnected from What Goes on Around Them
Children with autism may not only have problems with eye contact, they might also seem disconnected from or oblivious to what is going on around them. If there are people talking around them, or a great deal of hustle and bustle, your child might be completely oblivious.
This could be because they are so completely focused on something they are doing, or it could just be that they have spaced out and are not engaged. Pay attention to your child's actions and attention when they are around other people or active and noisy situations. If they seem to not be a part of the hubbub or they are just blissfully unaware of what is going on, it could be that they have autism.
Your Child Doesn't Seem to Interact with Other Children
Whether your child is in preschool or already in grade school, they will have been around other children quite a bit. For most children, it will mean that they have friends that they like to play and interact with. A child with autism, on the other hand, may keep other children at a distance and might not make friends, even after several years in school. It is important you bring this sign up to your child's doctor. It could just be that your child is deeply introverted, but it is also possible they have autism.
Knowing these potential signs of autism can help you better determine if your child is on the autism spectrum. Once you know if your child is on the spectrum, you can provide them with the best care and support possible as they grow and learn how to manage their autism.
Reach out to a professional like Terri Matthews to learn more.