@Anonymous Dear parent, autism is usually diagnosed by 2 years of age, though in some children signs of autism can start appearing around the age of 1. Early screening for autism is not only a desired goal but urgent need, considering the immense difference it can make to the life of the child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Early diagnosis helps in early intervention and enables parents to obtain knowledge of services they can access. Early signs of autism are: no babbling or pointing by age 1 no single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by age 2 no response to name lack of language or social skills poor eye contact excessive lining up of toys or objects no smiling or social responsiveness Autism affects people of every nationality, race, and socioeconomic background. It is five times more common among boys than among girls. If you suspect that your child has autism, please consult a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist. The professional will carry out a detailed assessment and be able to determine if your child has autism and if yes, what are the interventions and special services he can benefit from. All the best!
@Rani Lakshmi Thank you Rani Laksmi for sharing your friend and her husband's journey of raising a child with autism with determination and love! More power to her and to you too for spreading this positivity amongst all of us and wishing you a lovely birthday Avaan!