7 BEHAVIORS THAT SHOW A CHILD MAY BE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

3. DIFFICULTY SOCIALIZING

As your children grows from a baby to a toddler, they may have a difficult time socializing with the other kids, or even socializing with their parents. Most children show an interest in interacting with other people. Children with autism will be disinterested, or may find interacting with people, especially strangers, difficult and overwhelming. Autism can affect how children understand socializing. It may not be that they don’t want to – they just don’t know how.

Autism can affect how children understand socializing. It may not be that they don’t want to – they just don’t know how.

4. SELF-SOOTHING BEHAVIOR

This behavior is called ‘stimming’, and it’s not a bad thing and shouldn’t be discouraged as long as the stimming is not self-destructive or harmful to the child or others. Children with autism have trouble verbalizing their feelings the way other children might be able to do. This results in a self-soothing behavior. A child who is upset and needs to calm down may take to rocking back and forth.

A child who is happy may express that feeling by wagging their hands or flapping their arms. Self-soothing helps a child deal with their emotions at their own pace.

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