10 Signs Your Child May Have Autism

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Autism is a developmental disorder.  It is called autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because people with autism have an array of different symptoms.  In addition, some people are affected more severely by the disorder than others.

Here are 10 common signs of autism.

  1. Difficulty understanding verbal and nonverbal communication.
  2. Lack of empathy or understanding of other children’s feelings.
  3. Unusual or excessive sensitivity to noise, light, touch, texture and/or smell.
  4. Difficulty or failure to make and maintain friendships
  5. Lack of or poor eye contact and interaction with others
  6. Often repeats movements such as rocking, twirling, hand flapping or sounds such as words or phrases
  7. Craves routine and becomes very upset if routine is changed
  8. Unaware of danger or pain
  9. Limited diet because the child doesn’t like the colour, taste, smell or texture of certain foods
  10. Has a restricted range of interests and/or activities.

This list is not exhaustive and does not include every symptom of ASD.  In addition, a child with ASD may not show all of the symptoms listed above. The symptoms listed above may also be present in other disorders.

If you are concerned about your child's development, contact their medical provider as soon as possible.  If your child does have autism, early intervention can improve your child's abilities and long term prognosis.

For more information on the symptoms of autism check out the following websites:




THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS MEDICAL ADVICE.  ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT A CHILD'S BEHAVIOR OR DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.



©Mary M Conneely T/A Advocacy in Action

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