If a child shows symptoms and signs of autism, the symptoms will be apparent before the child is three years old. Symptoms will manifest in three different ways: First, the child will have difficulty communicating and relating to others. Second, the child will have difficulty learning to speak and hold conversations. Third, the child will have many withdrawn or repetitive behaviors. If a parent notices any mild signs of autism, they should take their child to a doctor as soon as possible so that the child can be evaluated. The earlier autism is diagnosed and treated, the better life will be for the affected child and their family.
First, let’s talk about the social signs and symptoms of autism. An autistic child will not make eye contact with others. Even if they make eye contact, they won’t hold it for long. If spoken to directly, a child showing symptoms and signs of autism will usually not be seen, even if called by name. It may appear that they are not paying attention to the person speaking, or they may appear to be unaware that the person is present.
Children who show mild signs of autism often seem to be in their own world. They often don’t pick up on body language. Children who show symptoms and signs of autism have trouble understanding different emotions. They have no sense of other people’s feelings. Children with mild signs of autism will turn inward. They don’t like to be touched, hugged, or held. This is because they are very sensitive to people or things that touch them.
Next, let’s discuss the symptoms and signs of autism related to speech and language. Children who show mild symptoms of autism lag far behind their peers in acquiring speaking skills. If children are not babbling at 12 months of age or are not saying two- or three-word phrases by two years, they may be showing symptoms and signs of autism. Another common symptom of autism occurs when children forget words or phrases that they could say before.
Another symptom appears in the child’s tone of voice. Children showing symptoms and signs of autism will often speak like a robot, saying everything in the same tone of voice. Other times, it may seem like they are singing everything they say instead of saying it. Children who show signs of mild autism have a lot of trouble starting a conversation. Even if they can start one, they won’t be able to maintain it.
Another mild symptom of autism is repeating certain words over and over. These words can be completely insignificant. The child often does not even know what these words or phrases mean or does not understand how to use them in a sentence. Finally, let’s describe the symptoms and signs of autism that pertain to withdrawn or repetitive behaviors. One of the most common symptoms is called “flapping.” This is when a child waves their hand or an object back and forth very quickly in front of their face.
Autistic children can fall in love with ordinary objects, especially if they are spinning, moving quickly, or are brightly colored. Autistic children also tend to sway back and forth a lot, especially when they get anxious or when they experience emotions they don’t understand. They form specific routines from which they do not hesitate. When routines are interrupted for any reason, the child becomes very nervous. Children who show signs and symptoms of autism may be very bothered by bright lights, certain sounds, such as the vacuum cleaner, and things that touch their skin. They have a very high tolerance for pain.