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Could it be autism?

Could it be autism?

We know the period of wondering and worrying whether your child might be on the spectrum can be a difficult and stressful one.

You might have concerns about your child’s behaviour, their speech or their development. Other people may have suggested you might be wise to investigate.

Could it be true? Might it all be a fuss over nothing?

Whilst we can’t answer those questions, we can tell you with absolute certainty:  ‘When in doubt, check it out’.

It is so important to investigate any concerns you have about your child’s development, at any age.

Trust your instincts and don’t be swayed by dismissive family members or friends who often say things like: ‘You’re worrying too much:’ ‘Uncle John didn’t talk until he was four’ or ‘She’s just a bit quirky’.

They might mean well but, by discouraging parents from seeking professional advice, they may be preventing or delaying children from getting what they need: early screening and identification, and appropriate intervention.

If your child is on the autism spectrum, the sooner you receive a diagnosis the sooner you can start to provide them with the support and understanding they need to reach their full potential.

In this section, we’ll explain the typical early signs of autism spectrum disorder, show how these differ in girls and boys, and dispel a few myths and misconceptions you might have heard about autism.

Helpful resources

‘If you have concerns’ – First Signs

‘So you’re wondering if your child might be autistic’ – Flappiness Is

Understanding autism

Autism signs

Autism and girls