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Autism Symptoms

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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