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

5. LACK OF IMITATION

Most children learn through imitation. Children will repeat what their parents say and make the same kind of gestures that their parents do. They’re learning important social skills through this act of imitation. A child with autism, on the other hand, may feel disconnected from their parents or other adults and children. They often do not respond to smiling with imitating the smile, or waving back when waved to.

The autism affects how they understand and see the world, so oftentimes they may not know that you expect them to wave back.

6. TROUBLE IDENTIFYING WITH THEIR NAME

By a year old, children will often recognize their name and respond to it. They’ll also be able to understand the names of other people in the household, such as Mama and Dada. Children with autism may have a harder time identifying the name with themselves. It may be a sign to be tested for autism if they’re not responding to their name by the time they reach a year old.

7. DISINTEREST IN PEOPLE

Generally, babies and children will look to adults for what to do. They’re interested in the people around them and take part in interacting with them – babbling, pulling hair, grabbing jewelry, responding to sounds and voices. Children with autism show a marked decreased interest in other people. They have very little interest in interacting with people around them, and are often avoiding eye contact and nonverbal.

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