- Do you know when your child is happy and when your child is upset?
- When you are not paying attention to your child, does he/she try to get your attention?
- Does your child point to objects?
- Does your child use sounds or words to get attention or help?
- Does your child show interested in playing with a variety of objects?
For my moderately to severe autistic daughter (now 18 years old) - years ago, the answers to those questions would have been: yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
A majority portion of those represented by the autism label do not exhibit signs until after their first year.
The five-minute checklist at one-year well baby visits that was utilized in the study seemed to me, at first look, to be an ineffective tool. It actually identified less autism than if the checklist was not in the scenario. The general population autism incidence is higher.
So the second look reminds me that if you consider that my daughter would have been considered A OK under the checklist scenario, at one year of age; the check list rightly SHOULD NOT have been able to identify autism to the degree that it is understood to be present in the general population.
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• Regression (n=44%): A loss of previously acquired social, communication or cognitive skills prior to 36 months.
• Plateau (n=17%): Display of only mild developmental delays until the child experiences a gradual to abrupt developmental halt that restricts further advancement of skills.
• No Loss and No Plateau (n=39%): Display of early warning signs of autism spectrum disorders without loss or plateau. (source)