What Autism: 

Signs and Symptoms

Signs of ASD begin in early childhood and generally last throughout life.  It is also worth mentioning that not all persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder are alike.  They have different ways of learning, focusing, and reacting to various situations. It is equally true that there are some common traits that occur.  Persons with autism generally demonstrate problems with social, emotional and communication skills. Changes in daily schedules can also be frustrating.

Children or adults with ASD might do any of the following:

Insistence on sameness; resistance to change
Difficulty in expressing needs; uses gestures or pointing instead of words
Repeating words or phrases in place of normal, responsive language
Laughing, crying, showing distress for reasons not apparent to others
Prefers to be alone; aloof manner
Tantrums
Difficulty in mixing with others
May not want to cuddle or be cuddled
Little or no eye contact
Unresponsive to normal teaching methods
Sustained odd play
Spins objects
Inappropriate attachments to objects
Apparent over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain
No real fears of danger
Noticeable physical over-activity or extreme under-activity
Uneven gross/fine motor skills
Not responsive to verbal cues; acts as if deaf although hearing tests in normal range.