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

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