Symptoms of Autism
The following are the most common symptoms of autism. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Does not socially interact well with others, including parents.
- Shows a lack of interest in, or rejection of, physical contact. Parents describe autism infants as "unaffectionate." Autistic infants and children are not comforted by physical contact.
- Avoids making eye contact with others, including parents.
- Fails to develop friends or interact with other children.
- Does not communicate well with others.
- Is delayed or does not develop language.
- Once language is developed, does not use language to communicate with others.
- Has echolalia (repeats words or phrases repeatedly, like an echo).
- Demonstrates repetitive behaviors.
- Has repetitive motor movements (such as rocking and hand or finger flapping).
- Is preoccupied, usually with lights, moving objects, or parts of objects.
- Does not like noise.
- Has rituals.
- Requires routines.
The symptoms of autism may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
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