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Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Updated on April 9, 2019

Autism Symptoms

SYMPTOMS OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER:

  • Impaired social interaction
  • Unresponsive to people as an infant
  • Focus on one item intently for long periods of time in exclusion of others
  • Appear to develop normally but then withdraw becoming socially indifferent
  • Fail to respond to their own name
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Difficulty interpreting what others think or feel because of not being able to understand social cues, tone of voice and facial expressions
  • Will not watch other's for cues of the appropriate reaction
  • Lack of empathy
  • Repetitive movement like rocking back and forth or head banging
  • Engage in self injurious behavior such as biting themselves, scratching themselves, hitting themselves
  • Start speaking much later then other children and refer to themselves by their own name instead of "I" or "me".
  • Will not play with other children or interact with them
  • Higher risk for co-occurring disorders such as Fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, epileptic seizures,  Tourette's syndrome, a variety of learning disabilities, and ADHD.
  • 20 - 30 % of those with Autism will develop seizures by adulthood
  • Some people with schizophrenia will exhibit autistic like behaviors but don't appear until late teens or early adulthood.
  • Uneven gross/fine motor skills
  • Resists change
  • Tantrums
  • Unconcerned about danger
  • No pretense
  • Selfish behavior
  • Clamping hands over ears, spinning in circles
  • Walking on toes
  • Odd movement patterns
  • High or low senses of taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing
  • Rubs, licks, or mouths objects
  • Very narrow interests

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