Remember that autism is a spectrum disorder so some autistic kids may exhibit only a few of these signs whereas other children may exhibit several of these signs. In writing this website, I assumed that you have or know of a child who has been diagnosed with autism. If you are a parent reviewing this page because you are suspicious your child may have autism , then I highly recommend a book called "Does Your Baby Have Autism?". This book goes into an in depth analysis of developmental milestones that a child should reach and when a parent should be concerned if the milestones are not achieved. Click here to learn about this book.
May be a selective eater interested in only a few foods.
Lack of eye contact - will look to the side when looked at.
May have had normal speech development at the appropriate age, then language regressed
May not smile when smiled upon
Lack of social interaction- In a group of children will often be playing by themselves
If verbal, may exhibit echolalia (when a child echoes back or repeats the words spoken to him.) For example, you might ask "what do you want for lunch?" and the child answers want for lunch instead of pizza or hot dog
May not point at objects to show interest
May not look at objects that a parent points to
Inability to make friends
May not respond to their name
Frequent tantrums and meltdowns
May be resistant to hugging, cuddling, and holding
Self injurious behavior ( head banging, slapping, hitting oneself )
Excessive rocking in chairs
Fingerflapping, handflapping, and spinning in circles
Stimulation with string or shoelaces
Likes a set routine. Does not like change in daily activities.
Repetitive behaviors- for example rewinds VCR tapes or dvds and plays certain parts over and over again.
May have difficulty getting to sleep
May take longer than normal to respond to commands and requests
Lack of imaginative play
When playing, a child may focus on one part of a toy and not the whole toy such as consistently spinning the wheels of a toy car.
When playing, a child may have an obsession with lining things up in order
Sensitivity to sudden loud noises manifested by holding one's ears
Sensitivity to bright lights so may prefer to be in a dark room
May be sensitive to the feel of certain clothing.
May be very sensitive to the feel of clothing tags
May have a very high threshold to pain
Parents often think their child is deaf due to the child's lack of response to questions.
May have gross motor skill delays leading to awkward movements. These skills are needed for running, walking, jumping etc
May have fine motor skill delays causing difficulty with grasping things. These skills are needed for writing and doing other things with the hands.
Low muscle tone and muscular weakness
Due to muscular weakness, may salivate and drool excessively
Walking on the tips of one's toes especially after the age of five
May have had several ear infections during the first few years