Autism Behavioral Checklists:
At 4 months: Does your child:
- Follow and react to bright colors, movement and objects?
- Turn toward sounds?
- Show interest in watching people’s faces?
- Smile back when you smile?
At 6 months: Does your child:
- Relate to you with real joy?
- Smile often while playing with you?
- Coo or babble when happy?
- Cry when unhappy?
At 9 months: Does your child:
- Smile and laugh while looking at you?
- Exchange back-and-forth smiles, loving faces, and other expressions with you?
- Exchange back-and-forth sounds with you?
- Exchange back-and-forth gestures with you, such as giving, taking and reaching?
At 12 months: Does your child:
- Use a few gestures, one after another to get needs met, such as giving, showing, reaching, waving, and pointing?
- Play peek-a-boo, patty cake, or other social games?
- Make sounds like “ma”, “ba,” “na,” “da,” and “ga”?
- Turn to the person speaking when his or her name is called?
Social/Communication Red Flags:
If your baby shows any of these signs, seek immediate evaluation:
- 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
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
- Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age