What are the signs of autism?

What are the signs of autism?

What are the signs of autism?

Signs of autism start to show in young children when they are normally between two and six years of age. These signs can include:

  • A delay in learning to talk when other children easily grasp speaking.
  • Avoidance of eye contact and seeming as though they are physically in pain when you touch them, resulting in them avoiding being touched by other people.
  • Adverse reactions to sounds, smells and sights that are normal to others but can be stressful to autism sufferers.
  • Repetitive motions such as continuously rocking back and forth, pacing or flapping their hands.
  • Seemingly strange responses to objects and people and often expressing a disliking to a change in their patterns and routines. They may react aggressively or even resort to self-harm.
  • A failure to react to certain objects or people, acting as though they are not aware of them at all.
  • Inability to play “make believe” games
  • Loss of skills they once had
  • Seizures, which normally become prevalent in adolescence.
  • Difficulty in communicating with other people.
  • Heightened skills in certain areas. These may include: drawing, music, mathematics and even a unique ability to remember facts. In these cases, children test higher in written exams.
  • Poor coordination in movement such as running, this is because the condition can affect large muscles in the body, causing them to work differently.

 

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