Infant Development : Red Flags for Autism

Here are some red flags for Autism. These red flags are not meant as a diagnostic tool, only as early warning signs.

What to watch for in infants aged 0 - 12 months:

  • Not following and reacting to bright colors, movement, and objects
  • Not turning toward sounds
  • Not showing an interest in watching people's faces
  • Not smiling back when you smile
  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter 
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
  • Not babbling by twelve months
  • No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by twelve months 
  • Loss of speech or babbling or social skills
  • No pointing, or making meaningful gestures by one year of age
  • Does not respond to their name by 12 months of age
  • Avoids or resists physical contact with others
  • Is not comforted by others during distress 
  • Has flat or inappropriate facial expressions