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what are signs of autism in a child 5 yrs. old ?

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Asked by Tonia474 at 9:31 AM on Jan. 10, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Signs will typically appear before 3 years old, but....
    Difficulty with verbal communication, including problems using and understanding language.
    Inability to participate in a conversation, even when the child has the ability to speak.
    Difficulty with non-verbal communication, such as gestures and facial expressions.
    Difficulty with social interaction, including relating to people and to his or her surroundings.
    Inability to make friends and preferring to play alone.
    Unusual ways of playing with toys and other objects, such as only lining them up a certain way.
    Lack of imagination.
    Difficulty adjusting to changes in routine or familiar surroundings, or an unreasonable insistence on following routines in detail.
    Repetitive body movements, or patterns of behavior, such as hand flapping, spinning, and head banging.
    Preoccupation with unusual objects or parts of objects

    Answer by TARARENEE at 9:34 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • From my experience, low/no eye contact, "stimming" behaviors (humming, flapping arms, walking in circles), not able to follow social cues, motor development issues, speech delays - every child is different and since autism is a scale some kids may display only some of the markers while others have every one. If you are concerned, you need to get the child in for testing. Early intervention is the key.

    Answer by Scuba at 9:36 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Social or develpmental delays.
    If you have any concerns i would schedule an app. with your childs Dr. and tell them about it.
    My 4 yr old has develpmental delays and low muscle tone. They thought she might have autism but she passed her evaluation.
    Good Luck. You can also google it and find a lot of websites about autism.

    Answer by L0vingMy3Girls at 9:37 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

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