What Are the Early Signs of Autism?
-Limited or no eye contact
-Minimal to no sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions
-Little or no babbling
-Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving
-Little or no response to name
-Minimally or not at all verbal
-Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
-Avoidance of eye contact
-Persistent preference for solitude
-Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
-Delayed language development
-Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
-Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
-Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
-Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
Do Any of These Signs Look Familiar?
If you are concerned that some of these symptoms seem to describe your child, it may be time to schedule a consultation with your physician.
If you do not have a primary care physician yet, we have created a list of local physicians that specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorder.