Early Signs and Symptoms of Autism
- Single words not emerging (by 16 months)
- Lack of reciprocity
- Lack of problem solving
- Not responding to Name
- Lack of motor gestures
- Not beginning to pretend
- Language not emerging for social interaction
- No subtle looking
- Lack of imaginative play
- No meaningful two word phrases
- Inability to verbalize Emotions
- Difficulty interacting with peers
- Difficulty with taking turns and sharing
- Little to no pretend play
- Little to no communication
Abnormalities in initiating communication with others:
Rather than asking for help with something, the child may struggle alone without looking around for assistance.
Impaired ability to initiate and respond to opportunities to share experiences with others:
Children with autism may not follow their parents gaze or initiate contact with others.
Irregularities when playing with toys:
Instead of using a toy as it is meant to be used, like picking up a toy fork and pretending to eat with it, the child may do something unusual with the toy.
Significantly reduced variety of sounds, words, and gestures used to communicate:
Compared with typically developing children, children with autism have a much smaller inventory of sounds, words, and gestures that they use to communicate with others.