EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM
- 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)