Signs of Autism

• Avoid eye contact

• Prefers to play alone

• Delayed speech and language skills

• Has obsessive interests

• Not respond to their name by 12 months

• Does not point or respond to pointing

• Not play “pretend” games by 18 months

• Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own

• Repeat words and phrases over and over

• Give unrelated answers to questions

• Get upset by minor changes

• Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles

• Have unusual reactions to the way things smell, sound, taste, look, or feel

• Only interacts to achieve a desired goal

• Has flat or inappropriate facial expressions

• Does not understand personal space boundaries

• Avoids or resists physical contact

• Not comforted by others during distress

• Is very organized/gets upset over minor changes

• Has to follow certain rules

• Short attention span

• Unusual eating and sleeping habits

CDC. (2015, February 26). Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html