“Peek-a-boo!” your face stretches into a silly grin as the baby’s face lights up. You wiggle your index finger near your little nephew’s tiny hands when he grasps your finger with a strong grip. Babies are just as social as adults.
However, by 8 to 10 months, babies that develop autism may not respond to their name. The development of babbling is slowed. Symptoms become more pronounced during toddlerhood. They might not desire to “help” Mommy or Daddy through mimicry, or they might respond to parents’ affection or anger in an unusual way.
Children with autism frequently have trouble controlling their emotions. There are temper tantrums in inappropriate places. They may also express disruptive or physically aggressive behavior. The risk of outbursts increases in unfamiliar, overwhelming, or frustrating situations. In turn, this may lead to self-injurious behavior like head-banging, hair-pulling, or self-biting. Finally, children with ASD may express comorbidity through genetic or generalized health disorders. The former includes Fragile X syndrome, Angelman syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and chromosome 15 duplication. The latter includes Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizure disorders, sleep disorders, and sensory processing disorders.