Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Communication differences
Behavioral differences
Social differences
Unable to make friends
Doesn't show concern (empathy) for others
Unable to perceive what others might be thinking or feeling by looking at their facial expressions
Doesn't often have appropriate facial expressions
Doesn't bring objects to show to parents just to share his interest
Doesn't point to objects or events to get parents to look at them
Doesn't look at objects or events parents are looking at or pointing to
Doesn't respond to parent's smile or other facial expressions
Doesn't keep eye contact or makes very little eye contact
Doesn't snuggle when picked up, but arches back instead
Loses language milestones, usually between the ages of 15 to 24 months in a few children
May have a good rote memory, especially for numbers, songs, TV jingles, or a specific topic
Doesn't use toys or other objects to represent people or real life in pretend play
Doesn't start or can't continue a conversation
Often doesn't seem to want to communicate
Refers to self as "you" and others as "I"
Doesn't respond to name being called, but does respond to other sounds
Repeats exactly what others say without understanding its meaning
Doesn't say single words by 15 months or 2-word phrases by 24 months
May have unusual or intense but narrow interests
Unusual use of vision or gaze—looks at objects from unusual angles
May be very sensitive or not sensitive at all to smells, sounds, lights, textures, and touch
Doesn't cry if in pain or seem to have any fear
May have splinter skills, such as the ability to read at an early age, but often without understanding what it means
Plays with parts of toys instead of the whole toy
Obsessed with a few activities, doing them repeatedly during the da
Likes routines, order, and rituals
Rocks, spins, sways, twirls fingers, or flaps hands (stereotypic behavior)

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