Signs of Autism in Children

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. It typically appears in early childhood, and parents and caregivers may notice signs and symptoms as early as 12 to 18 months of age.

If you're concerned that your child might have autism, here are some signs to look out for:

  • Lack of eye contact: Children with autism may avoid eye contact or have difficulty maintaining it.
  • Delayed speech and language skills: Children with autism may not babble or use gestures, and may not speak words by 16 months.
  • Repetitive behaviors: Children with autism may repeat certain actions or behaviors, such as rocking, flapping their hands, or lining up toys and they may get upset if the sequence of their repetition is interrupted.They may also repeat certain sounds, words, phrases or full messages.
  • Difficulty with social interaction: Children with autism may struggle to engage in social play or make friends, and may not respond to their name being called.
  • Sensory issues: Children with autism may be overly sensitive or under-sensitive to certain stimuli, such as loud noises, bright lights, or certain textures. It's important to remember that not all children with autism will exhibit all of these signs, and that some children without autism may exhibit some of these signs as well.

However, if you're concerned about your child's development, it's always a good idea to speak with your pediatrician or a specialist in developmental disorders. Visit the Autism/Attention Deficit/Developmental Disorders Program to learn more. 

Published on: 4/24/2023

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