Early Signs of Autism

Children with autism can benefit greatly with early intervention programmes. Therefore, as a parent or caregiver, becoming familiar with typical children developmental milestones is one of the most important things you can do.

The following are a few ‘red flags’ that may indicate your child is at risk of being on the autism spectrum. Not all children show all the signs and many children who don’t have autism may also show a few.

However, if you notice your child is exhibiting any of the following ‘red flags’, please seek guidance from relevant professionals such as a Psychologist, or Speech and Language Pathologist. Inspire offers support through a range of programmes & services.

By 6 Months


Doesn’t try to get things that are in reach

Does not show affection for caregivers

Doesn’t respond to sounds around him

Has difficulty getting things to mouth

Doesn’t make vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”)

Doesn’t laugh or make squealing sounds

By 9 months


Doesn’t babble (“mama”, “baba”, “dada”)

Doesn’t play any games involving back-and-forth play

Doesn’t respond to name

Doesn’t seem to recognize familiar people

Doesn’t look to where you point

By 12 months


Doesn’t search for things that he sees you hide

Doesn’t say single words like “mama” or “dada”

Doesn’t learn gestures like waving or shaking head

Doesn’t point to things

Loses skills he once had

At Any Age

Regression of any kind

Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, light, textures and tastes

Extremely restricted interests

Extreme resistance to change