Children Do Not Turn When Called And Avoid Eye Contact, Is It Speech Delay Or Autism?

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My child can say da da while waving. Good hearing, proved sensitive with a voice that caught his attention. But if called do not turn around. It does not avoid eye contact. He tends to be cool with his own world. If you ask for something, don’t point, but hold my hand and point to what he wants. Thank you for this consultation.

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Good afternoon, thank you for asking at We understand your confusion. But an important point that we haven't gotten from your question is your child's age. Because, the conditions experienced can be normal or not depending on age. An extreme example, if your child is 12 years old, obviously this is not normal. But if you are still 5 months old, this is already very good.

In more detail, the standard of communication for a 3-month-old baby is at this age, your child has begun to recognize and listen to your voice, and can pay attention to your face when you talk to him. At the age of 6 months, he began to be able to say "da-da" or "ba-ba" which has no meaning but the syllable sounds clearer. At this age the baby can also have a voice to express his condition, look at the source of the sound and can be turned when his name is called.

Furthermore, at the age of 9 months, babies understand the meaning of the words "yes" and "no", and begin to use a broader tone of voice. At the age of 12 months, he began to be able to say "mama" and "father", and be able to imitate your words. In addition, at this age he has begun to understand simple commands such as "take the bottle". And at the age of 24 months, babies can say about 50 words and are able to communicate using two vocabulary words like "want milk".

Back to your case, with this understanding if your child's age is still in the range of maybe 6-9 months, or maybe less, it might still be said to be normal. However, if your child's age is 15-18 months or even more, then further tests are needed to determine the condition.

Autism is indeed the biggest possibility if indeed this is a disorder. Because, the symptoms that are most easily seen in children with autism are impaired communication and interaction, both in the form of not responding when called, avoiding eye contact, preferring to be alone, insensitive, never expressing emotions, avoiding physical contact with others, even 40 % doesn't talk at all. The majority of these symptoms begin to appear at the age of 2 years.

The cause of this condition is still unknown. However, the risk increases if your child is a boy, has a family history of similar complaints, is born prematurely, is born twins, is born to a mother who is over 40 years old at the time, and is exposed to alcohol, epilepsy drugs and other disorders or syndromes.

Our advice, if indeed your child is above the age range we mentioned earlier, check with your pediatrician. Because after all, a direct examination is needed to be able to ascertain the condition. Your pediatrician will then do a number of tests to see your child's developmental abilities, and only then can the conditions be determined and the stages of treatment.

Meanwhile, if his age is still in the normal range, continue to stimulate him, talk to and continue to play, show your affection, spend more time with him, and meet his nutritional needs. So, hopefully answering your question.

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