Pattern in Behavior & speech – Early Signs of Autism

A lot of time life experience teaches us a lot. I had always read & heard that early intervention really helps a lot when it comes to developmental disability/disorders. I never thought I will ever have a first-hand experience with this, but then no one expects or anticipates such things. When my daughter was diagnosed on ASD Spectrum,  diagnosed to have Asperger’s Syndrome, for a moment it made me feel like my whole world has come to an end. A lot of people including my daughter’s development pediatrician wonder how we were able to identify that there is some development issue at such an early age? The answer to this question is PATTERN – A unique yet common pattern in her behavior & speech.


When this reality struck us, I went into denial & wasn’t ready to accept the fact that my child can have it. But then denial doesn’t help anyone, does it? The thing that helped us was Early Recognition of the symptoms & then of-course Early Intervention. So here I am, writing about the symptoms that might help other parents like me identify the early signs of Autism & act early.


What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? 

Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a developmental-behavioral disability that causes significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The children on ASD spectrum communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The child may have normal or even above average intelligence quotient and still have autism.


It is characterized by impairment or lack of social interaction, defects in language development and communication skills, stereotype, restrictive & repetitive patterns of behavior, interest and activities which limits and impairs daily functioning.


Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder 


There are chances of the child falling on the spectrum if any or all of the following is noticed in terms of development milestones.

  • If baby doesn’t babble by the age of 12 months.
  • Gestures like waving, pointing, nodding etc are missing by the age of 12 months.
  • Can’t speak single words by the age of 16 – 18 months.
  • Can’t speak 2-word phrases by the age of 2 years.
  • Goes back on language or social skills at any age.

Also, if you notice any, few or all of the following in the behavior of the child at any age, It might indicate that the child is on the spectrum & needs intervention. In these cases, always consult a development pediatrician instead of panicking or coming to a conclusion.

  • Repeating pattern in actions over & over again.
  • Avoiding eye contact & wanting to be alone.
  • No interest in pretend-play games.
  • Having troubles adapting to new routines.
  • Repeating or echoing words or phrases told to them.
  • Not pointing at objects to show interest.
  • Not looking at objects when other person points at them.
  • Not responding to sounds or other people talking to them.
  • Being very interested in people but unable to talk, play or interact with them.
  • Having trouble expressing their needs in words.
  • Having strong reactions to a sensory stimulus such as sound, smell, taste, feel & look.
  • Having trouble relating to people.


P.S. – The aim of this article is not to scare any parent or create a panic in case any or few of these symptoms are present, but to spread awareness to help parents to be able to take a call on time & help the child better.


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21 Responses

  1. Hi Shalu, I can totally understand how does it feel when our child faces any developmental issue. it is really hard…but you are a brave mom and I salute your spirit. thanks for sharing this great piece of information, it will help lots of parents who might be missing the early signs of diagnosis.

  2. Tina Basu says:

    This is a very informative post Shalu, for all moms in fact. My son has been a late speaker and I have been worrying for sometime. He doesn’t converse yet properly with us – he is two. But he’s going on talking something in his own language. But surprisingly he will give you correct answers to everything you ask him. He knows a lot of things but doesn’t like speaking!!

  3. Thanks for sharing your experience.. I can just imagine how difficult it must have been coming to terms with it. But I can see you have clearly come out a winner. And your daughter is lucky to have you as a mother, who is so understanding and sensitive.. Kudos to you!

  4. This will be quite informative for parents. As a child & adolescent psychologist, I have assessed for ASD several times and it’s amazing how many kids get missed in their early years. This is especially true for high-functioning ASD kids

  5. Suzy says:

    A very informative post. Thanks for sharing your experience – that couldn’t have been easy.

  6. swatiabhi says:

    Shalu I have read quite a few articles of yours and I must say that you are amazing. An informative post and written extremely well

  7. A very informative post for parents. Sometimes kids are late speakers and parents worry about having autism. Its always better to consult a doctor for better assessment.

  8. Hey Shalu, I love your constructive attitude towards the issue. Parents end up depriving their child of precious therapy, when they go into denial. A well-written, informative post.

  9. Shirley Corder says:

    A useful post for mothers of young children who are concerned about their child’s behavior development.
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  10. Hi Shalu,

    This is a brief yet crisp and comprehensive article on the subject and I’m sure it will help a lot of people.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Aesha says:

    very well written article. Very informative, with detailed information. It is very important to detect and diagnose symptoms relating to Autism so the child receives care and medical guidance . As a parent , you have definitely come out stronger . You are supporting parents by sharing your experiences and spreading awareness. Thanks for this.

  12. A very interesting post shalu, in fact it is most needed too because these days we are pushed to run to practitioner to know what exactly is wrong with the kids, and somehow most of them exaggerate. This way is it easy to be alert and know at an early stage itself

  13. Anchal says:

    You are a brave mama and by posts like these you are helping a others too. Sharing it. Thank you for being strong and sharing your journey.

  14. Am so happy that you have taken the time to share this with other parents. Am sure they will be ever so thankful to find a first hand experience and a detailed post!

  15. alpanadeo says:

    Shalu, I really appreciate your efforts in providing this valuable information. Many times, parents have no clues what’s going on with their kid and they assume that s(he) might talk late. But there are signs that shouldn’t overlook and you have explained that very well. I have forwarded your post to few of my friends whose kids are having the same issues.

  16. It is very important for parents to know this. Kudos to you for spreading awareness through your own experiences.

  17. mahekg says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience, this will help a lot of people.

  18. Shalu thanks for writing this…on behalf of the parents who actually need this piece of awareness …

  19. A very informative and helpful post. You are doing a great job by sharing this information.

  20. momtasticworld says:

    I remember a conversation between me, you and prisha in one of the blogger meets about this topic. I missed on few things you said and was hoping that you pen it down some day. Looks like my wish came true. This is indeed an informative post. It is really important to understand Autism early, as early intervention will give better understanding to parents.

  21. An@m! says:

    Brave !! Thanks for sharing. I have a 8 mo daughter and this information is very helpful.

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