Autism Services Signs of Autism
Autism Services Signs of Autism

Signs of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, biological, developmental disability that affects three crucial areas of development-social interaction, communication and behavioral. Autism is a lifelong spectrum disorder meaning it ranges in impairment from mild (or high functioning) to severe.

Common Symptoms


Social Interaction

  • Poor eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peers
  • Doesn't show affection (hugs/kisses)
  • Lack of social/emotional reciprocity
  • Not pointing to objects in books or environment
  • Does not respond to parent's smile or facial expressions
  • Lack of joint attention (looking at objects parents are looking at or pointing to)
  • Doesn't bring toys/objects to parents to share interest or enjoyment

Communication

  • Little or no babbling, pointing to objects, using gestures or saying words
  • Repeating words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Does not respond to their name
  • Cannot start or hold a conversation with others
  • No longer saying/using words they once did

Behavioral

  • Repetitive behaviors (rocks, spins, flaps hands, twirls fingers)
  • Little or no fear of common dangers (running into the street, climbing onto countertops)
  • Lack of imaginative play/pretend play
  • Difficulty with change in routine
  • Looks at toys/objects at odd angles or plays with parts of the toy
  • Restricted/limited/abnormal interests
  • High pain tolerance
  • May be overly sensitive to sounds/smells/touch/lights/textures

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