Does my child have autism? This autism symptoms checklist comes in handy.

Does my child have autism?  This autism symptoms checklist comes in handy.

Wondering whether or not your son or daughter has autism?

The following autism symptoms checklist (courtesy of Native Remedies) should help. While not every characteristic will be seen in each individual, when 50% or more are observed on a consistent basis, it is worth consulting a medical professional:

Social Difficulties:

  • Lack of eye contact, facial expressions, and social gestures
  • Failure to develop peer relationships
  • Does not seek out social interaction
  • Appears not to hear you at times and lacks responsiveness
  • Resists cuddling, holding, and physical touch
  • Appears unaware of others’ emotions
  • Retreats into his or her “own world” and prefers to play alone

Communication Difficulties:

  • Delayed language development or absence of speech
  • Inability to start or sustain conversation
  • Stereotyped or ‘strange’ use of language
  • “Disney speak” – repeats phrases from frequently watched cartoons or movies
  • Language regression – loses previously acquired ability to say certain words or sentences
  • Avoids eye contact when speaking
  • Repetition of words or phrases, with little understanding of how to make sense of these words or use them in own speech
  • Difficulty expressing own needs and often uses gestures rather than words

Behavioral Difficulties:

  • Anger, aggression or violent behavior
  • Eating disorders (e.g. under or over eating)
  • Mood swings
  • Restricted and repetitive behavior
  • Abnormally intense preoccupation with certain activities or areas of interest
  • Obsessive or inappropriate attachment to certain objects
  • Inflexible insistence on certain non-functional rituals or routines
  • Insists on sameness, and becomes distressed when routines or rituals are changed
  • Stereotyped and repetitive movements called “stimming”, e.g. hand flapping or rocking
  • Preoccupation with parts of objects, such as a fascination with the spinning wheel of a toy car
  • May be particularly sensitive to loud sounds, bright lights, or physical touch and textures

Other Symptoms of Autism

  • Concentration problems
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Unusual or excessive sweating
  • Incontinence (can result in bed wetting)
  • Minor seizures and muscle spasms

Checklist courtesy of NativeRemedies.com

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