Red Flags of ASD in Toddlers
from Autism Navigator
- Limited use of gestures such as giving, showing, waving, clapping, pointing, or nodding their head
- Delayed speech or no social babbling/chatting
- Makes odd sounds or has an unusual tone of voice
- Difficulty using eye contact, gestures, and sounds or words all at the same time
- Little or no pretending or imitating of other people
- Stopped using words that they used to say
- Uses another person’s hand as a tool (e.g., putting parent’s hand on a jar for them to open the lid)
- Does not look right at people or hard to get them to look at you
- Does not share warm, joyful expressions
- Does not respond when someone calls their name
- Does not draw your attention to things or show you things they’re interested in
- Does not share enjoyment or interests with others
Repetitive Behaviors & Restricted Interests
- Unusual ways of moving their hands, fingers, or whole body
- Develops rituals such as lining objects up or repeating things over and over
- Very focused on or attached to unusual kinds of objects such as strips of cloth, wooden spoons, rocks, vents, or doorstops
- Excessive interest in particular objects, actions, or activities that interferes with social interaction
- Unusual sensory interests such as sniffing objects or looking out of the corner of their eye
- Over- or under-reaction to certain sounds, textures, or other sensory input
1) Baby Navigator is a screening tool for children 9 to 18 months from Florida State University (no cost):
- Infants and toddlers can be screened for skills that develop before children learn to talk, such as gestures, sounds, and actions with objects used in play.
- Baby Navigator is an online screening tool designed as a universal screen based on parent report for children 9 to 18 months of age.
This screening tool is free to use. You will need to register your email address and create a password. The tool is for children 9 to 18 months regardless if they have any words or not.
2) If you have private health care insurance through your workplace, check to see if it covers a psychologist. You may want to book privately as wait-times are very long through our provincial health care. Check our Resources page for a list of private psychologists. It's important that the psychologist you choose has experience is doing a diagnostic assessment for children your child's age who are showing signs of autism.
3) If your child is over 18 months: Autism Speaks - Autism Spectrum Disorders Video Glossary is an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).