Know the Signs of Autism


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Being educated about the signs of autism is the first step in combating the disease and learning how to treat it. While the very definition of autism, a spectrum disorder, suggests that the signs will vary from person to person, there are certain common characteristics that if caught early enough, can reduce the impact and severity of the disease during the child’s development. The following information was compiled from several sources such as Autism Speaks,  the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This list is not meant to mean that your child has autism if he/she displays any of the following rather than you should consider bringing your child to their pediatrician if such signs occur.

Common Signs of Autism in Infants:

  1. Not speaking by 16 months or no two-word phrases by 2 years old
  2. Limited to no sharing of emotions by way of facial expressions, smiles, or sounds by 9 months old
  3. Loss of speech, babbling, or social skills at any age
  4. No babbling by 1 year
  5. Little or no eye contact
  6. Wanting to be alone
  7. No response to his/her name
  8. Upset by minor change
  9. Obsessive behavior
Checklist: Know the Signs of Autism

Checklist: Know the Signs of Autism

Common Signs of Autism in Toddlers and Older:

  1. Avoids eye contact
  2. Not able to make friends easily
  3. Bound by routines
  4. Avoids physical contact
  5. No concept of personal space boundaries
  6. Prefers to be alone
  7. Obsession with certain objects or places
  8. Repetitive actions, sayings, etc.
If you believe your child exhibits any of these signs, it is strongly recommended that you bring him/her to their pediatrician for an evaluation. The best way to treat autism is to begin therapy early. Knowing the signs and an early diagnosis can be the difference in your child’s life.
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4 Responses to “Know the Signs of Autism”

  1. anne mcauley says:

    i am so worried about my grandson he is 27 months and has signs of autism and am scared to say to my daughter because they have been through such a hard time both her and child have been sick since he was born. But i know i must do something soon,, your page has been a great help thank you
    yours anne

    • I’m so glad you could find help here. That sounds like a tough situation you are in but that’s good that you are doing research now. They say early “intervention” can help to reduce the symptoms and effects as they grow older. It may be a hard conversation to have but it’s better to know than to not know. Keep us updated and maybe some of the other readers can offer some advice if they have been in similar situations.

      Danielle
      Autism Central

      • anne mcauley says:

        danielle thank you so much for your reply, it’s just great to talk to some one about it, my daughter god love her has him so rapped up in cotten wool, if you say any thing see goes mad she will ring me sayn o mammy **** said this today, he can say the odd word but only if he wants to, he is always in a world of his own and he can come in to a full room of people and not notice anyone, loves tv music channels loud, wont eat food and he puts toys and other things in a line, god help him he is so so beautiful and i love him so much, but i have to make my daughter see, i know deep down she knows because she is a very intelligent person,, thank you for just being there
        yours Anne

        • I’m not claiming to be an expert when it comes to this but it does sound like a lot of the traits you describe could be indicators of Autism. I would definitely push to have him seen by someone who can determine whether he can be officially diagnosed or not. There are a lot of programs available and health care options if your grandson is diagnosed with autism that would not be otherwise available. Like I said before, the sooner they can diagnose him, the better. Then they can begin therapies if necessary.

          Danielle

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