Early Signs of Autism
Play Skills: At age... Did your child...
4-12 months- Enjoy toys for their sensory value- mouthing, feeling, and hearing them
12+ months- Use toys as they were intended – feed dolls
16+ months- Give objects identities other than intended (use blocks as cars or food)
30+ months- Imaginative play – make believe/role play
Social Interaction: At age... Did your child...
4 months- Show interest in faces, smile back, initiate smiles
6 months- Relate to parents with joy, smile often when playing
9 months- Orient to name, play give-and-take
12 months- Use gestures to get needs met, repeat actions, show objects
15 months- Check parent's facial expression, draw attention to objects of interest, begin to show empathy
18 months- Pretend play, attract parental attention by looks or gestures
24 months- Enjoy playing next to children, offer toys
36 months- Imagine self as a character, talk for objects, play show and tell, talk about feelings
Joint Attention: At age... Could your child...
2 months- Exchange smiles
8 months- Follow a caregiver with his eyes
9 months- Follow a point
10 months- Show objects
12 months- Point to obtain an object
14 months- Point to indicate to another an object of interest
14 months- Look to others to gather social information
Investigate Further and Consider Autism if: At age... Your child...
9 months- Did not babble
12 months- Did not point or gesture
16 months- Did not use single words
24 months- Did not use 2-word phrases