How Do You Use Language Development To Detect Autism?
Because there is no chemical test or imaging that will diagnose a child with autism, parents can use a variety of methods to detect the disorder. One of the most common ways parents become alert to autism is through language development. While language development differs rather widely from one baby to the next, there are basic milestones parents should look for. Notice when your child begins to learn and respond to his name when it is called. By the time he is a year old, he should understand his name and turn to you when you call it out. “Mommy” or “Daddy” should also be learned by the first birthday. Write down dates when your child first says new words. Keep a journal of his first word, first sentence and other milestones. Notice how he responds to his name being called to him. Also note whether he seems to recognize when someone in the conversation addresses another (such as Mom addressing Dad at the dinner table). Observe the method your child tneds to use most frequently to comm