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what are some signs of autisim?

in a younger child that cant really be diagnosed like under the age of 5
what are some signs to look for?


Asked by sandraberke at 4:00 PM on Aug. 19, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • so many signs
    each child different
    some signs..
    lack of speech
    lack of eye contact
    stares at fans, lights etc
    spins in circles and does not get dizzy
    flaps arms, or other stims
    bangs head or other self stims
    repetitive sounds-stims

    •Does not babble, point, or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age
    •Does not speak one word by 16 months
    •Does not combine two words by 2 years
    •Does not respond to name
    •Loses language or social skills
    •Poor eye contact
    •Doesn't seem to know how to play with toys
    •Excessively lines up toys or other objects
    •Is attached to one particular toy or object
    •Doesn't smile
    •At times seems to be hearing impaired
    dotted ones came off website, do not think a few are autism, but do not excuse signs either, i was in denile, listen to instincts and teachers, get referral from doc , see therapist etc if yo

    Answer by fiatpax at 4:09 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • minimal eye contact
    repititive movements and speech
    lining stuff up
    hand flapping,spinning
    speech issues,late talker

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 4:06 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • A child can be diagnosed as early as two. I've heard of cases even earlier. My son was diagnosed at two, but we knew at around 15 months. I would suggest looking at the Autism Speaks website. There are a lot of resources there to help you find out if your child should be evaluated. Also your pediatrician should have a questionaire that will help him/her refer you.
    But some of the main signs are:
    doesn't respond to name
    seems to be in another world
    preoccupied with the functions of toys and objects (like the spinning wheels on a toy car)
    repetitive self-stimulatory behaviors (hand-flapping, spinning, shaking head back and forth, flicking fingers in front of eyes, rocking)
    lines objects up or stacks things
    speech delay, or if has speech, perseverates on the same subjects or engages in echolalia
    no or fleeting eye-contact
    lack of social interaction, particularly with peer-aged children.

    Hope that helps.

    Answer by moniquinha at 4:08 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • mine is three
    signs started at two
    surely five yrs old is well old enough for signs

    send me a note
    lets talk

    Answer by fiatpax at 4:03 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • I agree with the ladies that posted before me, but you could also go to and read their information. Good luck,Hon!

    Answer by Robsmommy at 8:13 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • There are some similar signs of autism, and many have been listed here. I offer a website that discusses autism in pretty simple terms. If you think your child might have autism, I strongly suggest that you find a developmental pediatrician in your area--ask your regular ped for a recommendation--and have him/her evaluated. It is so important to get the diagnosis as early as possible, as Early Intervention can make a huge difference. Here is a website to consider:

    One incredibly wonderful thing I'd like to leave you with is this quote:  "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism".  As the parent of a remarkable little girl with this diagnosis, I will attest to that.


    Answer by jsbenkert at 10:37 PM on Aug. 19, 2010