SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS OF AUTISM
Signs of autism vary from person to person depending on the individual. The following is a list of symptoms associated with ASD:
Some possible signs of autism can begin very early in development. Infants with ASD may exhibit developmental delays including:
- No babbling or pointing by age one.
- No single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by age two.
- Loss of language or social skills.
Other early indicators of ASD include:
- Avoidance of eye contact with others.
- No smiling or social responsiveness.
- Intent and obsessive focus on one item for long periods of time.
- Failure to respond to their name.
Some children with autism exhibit autism signs later in their lives. Later indicators of ASD include:
- Impaired social interaction.
- Inability to pick up on social cues (non verbal communication) like facial expressions or tone of voice.
- Lack of empathy.
- Preoccupation with certain objects or subjects.
- Repetitive and stereotyped movements (RSM) and behavior (twirling, rocking).
- Self-injurious behavior (head-banging, biting).
- Impaired ability to make friends with peers.
- Absence or impairment of imaginative and social play.
- Unusual use of language.