New parents have so many things to think about, and many of them spend a lot of time worrying about illnesses and disorders that may affect their children. One of the biggest concerns parents face today is the risk that their child might develop autism. Autism is a neural disorder that affects speech, development, and social interactions. Children with autism often have trouble interacting with others, showing affection, and communicating.
Although there is no cure for autism, early intervention in the form of therapy can significantly reduce its effects. Therefore, it is important for parents to know the signs of autism in order to increase the likelihood of early detection. If your child exhibits some of the following symptoms of autism, take a few minutes to fill out the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) to see if your child needs a professional evaluation.