What is Autism? Learn more about the signs of Autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex neurological disorder that affects several aspects of an individual from social impairment, communication difficulties, and restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior. The severity of ASD varies for each individual, but some of the more common characteristics are:
Problems with Social Interaction:
- Poor eye contact
- Not responding to his/her name
- Not pointing out items of interest
- Prefers to be alone than around other people or children
Problems with Communication:
- Limited or no language
- Difficulty starting or having a conversation
- Not playing make-believe with toys
Repetitive or Obsessive Behaviors:
- Repetitive play (e.g., spinning toy car wheels, lining up toys, etc.)
- Unusual obsessions (e.g., only wanting to wear truck shirts, only wanting to use the color green, etc.)
- Repetitive speech/sounds or body movements (e.g., hand flapping, jumping in place, etc.)
Parents may want to contact their pediatrician for a screening if their child shows some of the behaviors listed to seek recommendations for treatment.