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Do toddlers with autism babble? [Answer from SLP]



Autism or autism spectrum disorder is a set of conditions that develop due to neurological or developmental disorders. It affects how the person interacts, behaves, communicates, and learns in several ways, thereby making them different from others.


A child with autism faces development delays in three major domains namely- behavioral, learning, and social interactions.


Autism being a neurodevelopmental disorder starts present from an early age itself.


Canonical babbling is when a baby repeats the same sound over and over, like 'dada' or 'mama'. It is a critical milestone in development of speech and on an average a child acquires it by the age of 10 months.


Researches have indicated that babbling is delayed or reduced in infants with a positive family history of autism or those who receive autism diagnosis later in their life.



Early intervention is very important to receive positive outcomes for autistic children. Early identification of atypical behaviors can be quite helpful for timely diagnosis and intervention. Currently, the minimum age at which the majority of autistic children are diagnosed is around 2 to 3 years. It is when there is a change in the environment of the child, as in when they start going to school and socializing more.



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