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- Signs and symptoms of social difficulties in autism
- Basic social interaction can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorders. Many kids on the autism spectrum seem to prefer to live in their own world, aloof and detached from others.
- Appears disinterested or unaware of other people or what’s going on around them. ASDF
- Doesn’t know how to connect with others, play, or make friends. ASDF
- Prefers not to be touched, held, or cuddled. ASDF
- Doesn’t play "pretend" games, engage in group games, imitate others, or use toys in creative ways. ASDF
- Has trouble understanding or talking about feelings. ASDF
- Doesn’t seem to hear when others talk to him or her. ASDF SOMETIMES
- Doesn't share interests or achievements with others (drawings, toys). ASDF
- Signs and symptoms of speech and language difficulties in autism
- Children with autism spectrum disorders have difficulty with speech and language. Often, they start talking late.
- Repeats the same words or phrases over and over. ASDF sometimes
- Responds to a question by repeating it, rather than answering it. ASDF sometimes
- Has difficulty communicating needs or desires. ASDF a little
- Doesn’t understand simple directions, statements, or questions. ASDF a little
- Takes what is said too literally (misses undertones of humor, irony, and sarcasm). ASDF
- Signs and symptoms of nonverbal communication difficulties in autism
- Children with autism spectrum disorders have trouble picking up on subtle nonverbal cues and using body language. This makes the "give-and-take" of social interaction very difficult.
- Avoids eye contact. ASDF
- Signs and symptoms of inflexibility in autism
- Children with autism spectrum disorders are often restricted, inflexible, and even obsessive in their behaviors, activities, and interests.
- Follows a rigid routine (e.g. insists on taking a specific route to school) ASDF a little
- Obsessively lines things up or arranges them in a certain order. ASDF
- Preoccupation with a narrow topic of interest, often involving numbers or symbols (e.g. memorizing and reciting facts about maps, train schedules, or sports statistics).ASDF
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