If a child is showing symptoms and signs of Autism, the symptoms will be apparent before the child reaches age three. The symptoms will manifest themselves in three different ways: First, the child will have a hard time communicating and relating to others. Second, the child will have a hard time learning to speak and keeping conversations. Third, the child will have a lot of withdrawn or repetitive behaviors. If a parent notices any mild signs of autism, they should take their child to a doctor as soon as they can so the child can be evaluated. The sooner Autism is diagnosed and treated, the better life will be for the affected child and his or her family.
First, let’s talk about the social symptoms and signs of Autism. An Autistic child will make poor eye contact with others. Even if they do make eye contact, they will not hold it for very long. If spoken to directly, a child showing symptoms and signs of Autism usually will not look, even if their name is called. They may seem like they are not paying attention to the person speaking, or they may seem like they are unaware that person is present.
Children displaying mild signs of Autism often seem like they are in their own world. They often do not pick up on body language. Children displaying symptoms and signs of Autism have trouble comprehending different emotions. They have no sense of other peoples’ feelings. Children exhibiting mild signs of Autism will turn inward. They do not like to be touched, hugged or held. This is because they are very sensitive to people or things touching them.
Next, let’s discuss the symptoms and signs of Autism that deal with speaking and language. Children who are displaying mild symptoms of Autism are way behind their peers in acquiring speaking skills. If children don’t babble by the time they are 12 months old or say phrases made up of two or three words by the time they are two years old, they may be demonstrating symptoms and signs of Autism. Another common symptom of Autism happens when children forget words or phrases they could say earlier.
Another symptom shows up in the child’s tone of voice. Children showing symptoms and signs of Autism will often times talk like a robot, saying everything in the same tone of voice. Other times, they may sound like they are singing everything they say instead of saying it. Children who demonstrate signs of mild autism have a lot of trouble beginning a conversation. Even if they are able to start one, they will be unable to sustain it.
Another mild symptom of Autism is to repeat certain words over and over again. These words may be completely insignificant. The child often doesn’t even know what these words or phrases mean or understand how to use them in a sentence. Lastly, let’s outline the symptoms and signs of Autism that pertain to withdrawn or repetitive behaviors. One of the most frequent symptoms is called “flapping.” This is when a child flaps his or her hand or an object back and forth very quickly in front of his or her face.
Autistic children may become infatuated with ordinary objects, especially if they spin, move quickly, or have shiny colors. Autistic children also tend to rock back and forth a lot, especially when they get anxious or when they are experiencing emotions that they don’t understand. They form specific routines that they do not waver from. When the routines get interrupted for any reason, the child gets very agitated. Children who display signs and symptoms of Autism may be very bothered by bright lights, certain sounds, like the vacuum cleaner, and things that touch their skin. They have a very high tolerance for pain.