The Early Signs of Autism

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The Early Signs of Autism

Many children with autism will start to show signs as an infant. This is especially true where their language and social skills are concerned. Here are some early signs of autism when it comes to social, communication and behavioral skills.

 

The Early Signs of Autism

 

 

Social Differences– Child doesn’t

  • Maintain eye contact or doesn’t make much eye contact
  • Show empathy for other people
  • Respond to people’s facial expressions, such as a smile
  • Express any kind of facial expressions
  • Look at objects that people may be pointing at
  • Show people certain objects they may be interested in, like a toy, to other people
  • Point to objects to get someone to look at them

Communication Differences– Child

  • May lose language milestones between 15-24 months of age
  • Won’t point at something that they want
  • Doesn’t say any words by the time they are 16 months of age
  • May have a good memory when it comes to things like specific topics, numbers, letters or songs
  • May repeat words or phrases that they hear from others without actually knowing the meaning
  • Doesn’t use toys during playtime to represent real life
  • Doesn’t respond to their name being called but will respond to other types of sounds like a car horn
  • May often refer to themselves with the pronoun You and refer to others with the pronoun I
  • Can’t start a conversation and cannot keep up a conversation either
  • Oftentimes doesn’t want to communicate with other people

Behavioral Differences– Child

  • Often looks at things from strange or unique angles
  • May spin, rock or sway or they may twirl their fingers, flap their hands or walk on their toes instead of their feet. This is called stereotypic behavior.
  • May be very sensitive to things like touch, textures, lights, sounds and smells
  • Does not like change and has to have a certain ritual, order or routine
  • Does not seem to feel pain at all
  • May have some type of obsession with a strange activity that they do over and over again throughout the day
  • Usually will not play with a whole toy like a truck but rather will only play with certain parts of that toy like the wheels

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