learning the signs

In clinical terms, there are a few “absolute indicators,” often referred to as “red flags,” that indicate that a child should be evaluated. For a parent, these are the “red flags” that your child should be screened to ensure that he/she is on the right developmental path. If your baby shows any of these signs, call your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation:
• Does not babble, point, or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age 
• Does not speak one word by 16 months 
• Does not combine two words by 2 years 
• Does not respond to name 
• Loses language or social skills 
• Poor eye contact 
• Doesn’t seem to know how to play with toys 
• Excessively lines up toys or other objects 
• Is obsessively attached to one particular toy or object 
• Doesn’t smile or express real joy
• At times seems to be hearing impaired