• Limited eye contact.
  • Lack of gesturing or pointing.
  • Absence of joint attention.
  • No response to hearing their name.
  • Muted emotion in facial expression.
  • Lack or loss of language.


    Signs that may indicate a developmental challenge include:

  • An unusual insistence on routine
  • A preference for being alone or aloofness
  • A resistance to being held or touched

    No cure exists for autism spectrum disorder, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. The goal of treatment is to maximize your child's ability to function by reducing autism spectrum disorder symptoms and supporting development and learning.

  • Spinning objects or unusual sensory interests in objects (e.g. peering at objects, sniffing or licking non-food items, watching objects fall)
  • Engaging in repetitious motor movements or activities (e.g. running in circles, flapping hands, lining up objects)
  • Repeating words or phrases
  • Laughing, crying or showing distress in situations where one would not usually see or predict such a reaction
  • No apparent response to verbal instructions despite normal results to hearing tests
  • A strong sensitivity to sensory stimuli (sounds, lights, tactile sensations, commotion)