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Q. How will a child with autism behave?

Answered by
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 08, 2019

Hi doctor,

I have just noticed recently my 15 months old when he plays with his electronic toys that light up. He will look closely at where they light up and open his mouth like a stun. It does not happen all the time though. I know this is a sign of autism. But he has great eye contact, responds to name, asks for help with something, babbling, says words like nah, dada, nana for banana, he will point to banana in the book and say it. That to me is pretty smart for a 15-month-old.

Imitates, for example, claps hands understands when I say something like, hey Siri he looks straight at the phone. Waves bye we do not even face to say goodbye just I am going or when dad leaves for work and he waves. Loves cuddles sometimes he will gnaw in my arms and make noises. Do not know if that is just a soothing thing he does. We went to playgroup yesterday and looked at what others were doing smiling and laughing. Walked by 14 months. Follows others if they go somewhere, he will open his books and sound out what they are and looks at me as he does it. I know these all sound like a normal developed child, but I am just worried he will not outgrow what he is doing and later develop it. Am I worrying for nothing I just wanted to get your thoughts.

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Paediatrics


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Please note that whatever you have described is a sign of a normal growing child. It is not a sign of autism. These are signs of the child grasping the knowledge of the things and interacting with things around him. Please do not worry. Also, I would advise tender loving care to your child. Spend more time with the child and interact more often with him. Your child should be fine if your interaction with him is fine. Find age-appropriate toys and games for him. It will improve his intellect.

One thing I would advise is to prevent giving your phone or for that matter any phone to the growing child. Handing over a mobile phone to any child cancels all human interaction. The child could have as the child would be lost in the neverending world of the cell phone and not even realize it. I hope I have answered your question and helped you gain an insight into how you can look after the psychological and intellectual growth of your child.

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