This is a contributed post from Michelle.
If you notice certain unique issues with your 3-year old, they might be signs of Autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about one in forty-four children. As it usually develops in early childhood, research suggests that caregivers and parents often observe some of these behaviors before a child’s first birthday.
Moreover, the CDC states that approximately one in six (17%) youngsters aged 3–17 (year-olds) were diagnosed with a developmental condition. Worse, many show signs of regressive Autism that mostly go unnoticed by parents.
In this post, we talk about the potential signs of Autism in 3-year old kids. Take a look.
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Autism is among the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders. It’s characterized by difficulties in communication, social interaction as well as lack of flexibility in thinking.
Autistic individuals may have trouble comprehending other’s feelings and communicating with their peers and therefore, struggle with developing friendships. They might also experience repetitive and obsessive thoughts.
People with Autism typically have higher comorbidities than the general population. Some of them include:
- Digestive disorders
- Depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric issues
As per research, 70% of children with Autism have a co-occurring disorder. In comparison, 41% of children have two or more conditions, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), oppositional defiant disorder, or social anxiety.
There isn’t a “cure” for Autism. However, therapists and doctors can help individuals deal with their issues and live healthy and happy life.
Signs and Symptoms Of Autism In A 3-Year-Old
Detachment From Friends and Family
Autistic kids may not interact or play with their friends and family. They may:
- Avoid sharing toys.
- Play alone.
- Not respond to their name.
- Show no interest in socializing.
- Not understanding turn-taking play.
Changes in Emotional Expression
Autistic kids feel various emotions, but they usually read and express them differently.
- Struggle to be consoled or reassured.
- Experience problem discussing or showing their feelings
- Become stiff when hugged
- Give expressions that might not match internal feelings
- Avoid physical contact with others
- Exhibit no emotion when a parent leaves the room
- Have difficulty understanding the feelings of others
Difficulties in Communication
Autism is described as the inability to communicate ineffectively. For a growing child, proper communication is key. Watch out for the below-mentioned communication red flags that may indicate Autism:
- Withdrawing eye contact
- Expressing regression or delays in speech and language abilities
- Not reacting to pointing
- Not speaking at all
- Appearing blank
- Talking in a flat or sing-song way
- Not getting age-appropriate jesting
- Using words, phrases, or repeatedly sounds, which doctors term as echolalia
- Not answering questions properly
- Not using gestures, such as pointing or waving
- Repeating others words
- Using the incorrect pronouns. For example, “you” rather than “I.”
Autistic children often exhibit apparently repetitive or unusual symptoms. They may:
- Possess obsessive behaviors
- Spin around
- Flap their hands frequently
- Exhibit anxiety, agitation, or frustration when someone interrupts their routine.
- Possess a short attention span
- Rock back and forth
- Line up toys in an organized fashion
- Be hyperactive in particular situations
- Seem interested in a particular toy or activity
- Insist on special routines or rituals
Other possible signs of Autism in kids include:
- Unusual eating habits
- Severe reactions to sounds, smells, textures, colors, or tastes
- Temper tantrums
Not all autistic kids show the signs mentioned above. In fact, several neurotypical kids occasionally exhibit some such behaviors. And that’s why it’s imperative to seek an expert diagnosis. Also, you need to stay strong as a parent. With determination and tips mentioned above, we’re sure you’ll be able to help your Autistic kid.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.