Autism is a term used to describe a neurodevelopmental disorder or syndrome which includes deficits in social interaction and communication as well as fixed repetitive behaviors. There are several forms and levels of severity of autism, with signs that may be more or less evident in some children.
Some of the most common signs or symptoms of autism include:
- No babbling, pointing or make meaningful gestures by the age of 1 year
- Not speaking one word by 16 months
- Not combining two words by 2 years
- Not responding to name
- Loses language or social skills
Other common signs or symptoms include:
- Poor eye contact
- Disinterest in or ability to play with toys
- Obsessively lines up objects
- Is attached to one particular object
- Does not smile
- Seems to be hearing impaired
- Noticeable egocentric stance
- Literal interpretation of spoken words
- Inability to perceive mockery
- Savant abilities
Signs of autism typically appear during infancy but may not become fully apparent until as late as three years of age.
Can a Birth Injury Cause Autism?
Research reveals that some problems during labor and/or shortly after birth can increase a child’s risk for developing autism. Researcher Hannah Gardener, ScD, concludes that “reduced oxygen supply, during labor, during delivery, during the prenatal period, during early infancy, could influence autism risk.”
What Should I Do If My Child Has Autism?
If you recognize the signs and symptoms of autism in your child, see a medical professional for a diagnosis. If it is determined that your child has developed autism, contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm in New York for a free consultation.
Our team of attorneys has extensive resources and information on autism spectrum disorders and has developed a concentration in representing children who have suffered birth injury and resulting issues. Injury to the immature brain, both before and after birth, can result in disorders like autism. Our team of attorneys has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for children who have suffered brain damage due to the negligence of medical professionals either before, during or after birth. If you believe that your child has experienced a birth injury and now suffers from autism or another disorder, contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm. Our highly skilled and experienced medical malpractice attorneys will provide you with a free consultation and assess your case. Our skilled autism lawyers are here to help you and your child seek compensation for damages caused by negligence.