Ten Signs for Autism in 6 To 12-Month-Old Children

'Could My Child Have Autism?' Ten Signs of Possible Autism-Related Delays in 6 To 12-Month-Old Children

1. Rarely smiles when approached by caregivers

2. Rarely tries to imitate sounds and movements others make, such as smiling and laughing, during simple social exchanges

3. Delayed or infrequent babbling

4. Does not respond to his or her name with increasing consistency from 6 -- 12 months

5. Does not gesture to communicate by 10 months

6. Poor eye contact

7. Seeks your attention infrequently

8. Repeatedly stiffens arms, hands, legs or displays unusual body movements such as rotating the hands on the wrists, uncommon postures or other repetitive behaviors

9. Does not reach up toward you when you reach to pick him or her up

10. Delays in motor development, including delayed rolling over, pushing up and crawling


PUBLISHED ONLINE Mar. 26, 2012 Science Daily

SOURCE: Kennedy Krieger Institute, via Newswise.