What are the signs of Autism?
Signs of Autism:
• Difficulty in expressing needs; gestures or points instead of speaking;
• Not responsive to verbal cues; acts as if deaf;
• Little or no eye contact;
• Prefers to be alone; difficulty mixing with others;
• Not wanting to cuddle or be cuddled;
• Repeats words or phrases in place of normal, responsive language;
• Persistent “odd” or repetitive play including lining up toys or spinning objects;
• Obsessive attachment to objects;
• Resists changes in routine; an insistence on sameness;
• Laughs/cries/shows distress/tantrums for no clear reason;
• Unresponsive to normal teaching methods;
• Apparent over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain;
• No real fear of danger;
• Noticeable physical over-activity or extreme under-activity;
• Uneven gross/fine motor skills (may not kick a ball but can stack blocks).
Time-Related Red Flags:
• Does not babble or coo by 12 months;
• Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months;
• Does not say single words by 16 months;
• Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months;
• Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age.
Please note: individuals with autism may exhibit many but not all of the above symptoms. Also, this list is not a substitute for a full-scale diagnostic assessment.
If you are concerned about your child’s development consider arranging a screening.