What Are the Signs of Autism?

Below is a general overview of tendencies shown by individuals with autism from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every individual with autism is different and may show some of these signs:

  • Not responding to their name by 12 months
  • Not pointing at objects to show interest by 14 months
  • Not playing “pretend” games by 18 months
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Preferring to be alone
  • Trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Delayed speech and language skills
  • Repeating words or phrases over and over
  • Giving unrelated answers to questions
  • Getting upset by minor change
  • Obsessive interests
  • Flapping hands, rocking body, or spinning in circles
  • Unusual reactions to the way things around sound, smell, taste, look or feel