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What are the Main red Flags for Autism?

Cara Barthelette, MS, CCC/SLP, Pediatric Speech Therapist
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

The following warning signs could mean a child is potentially at risk for autism:

Not smiling or expressing joy by 6 months

Not sharing smiles, facial expressions, or sounds back and forth with caregiver by 9 months

Not responding to name or babbling by 12 months

Not gesturing back and forth with others (e.g. pointing, showing, waving) by 12-14 months

Not using words by 16 months

Not participating in pretend play by 18 months

Not combining two words together on his or her own by 24 months

Regression of previously learned language and social skills

If your child shows any of these warning signs, act fast and talk to your pediatrician right away.

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