Symptoms of autism can be detected and recognized at any time, as early as eighteen months of age and later in life. Symptoms and severity of autism range from case to case. The primary symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder revolve around three areas: communication impairments, cognitive delays, social interaction, and behavioral patterns.

If you find that your child adheres to many of these behaviors at an early age, a compressive diagnostic assessment will help define if they are related to autism spectrum disorder or not.

Communication Impairments

  • Delays in development of spoke language.
  • Idiosyncratic repetitive language.
  • Lack of pragmatic aspect of language.
  • Inability to initiate or maintain language.
  • Speaks in an abnormal tone of voice, or with an odd rhythm or pitch (e.g. ends every sentence as if asking a question).
  • Responds to a question by repeating it, rather than answering it.
  • Has difficulty communicating needs or desires.

Social Interaction

  • Lack of appropriateness in verbal and non behavior.
  • Lack of ability to develop peer relationships.
  • Lack of apparent social and emotion reciprocity.
  • Prefers not to be touched, held, or cuddled.
  • Has trouble understanding feelings or talking about them.
  • Doesn’t seem to hear when others talk to him or her.
  • Doesn’t share interests or achievements with others (drawings, toys).

Behavior Patterns

  • Restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior.
  • Difficulty in motor control.
  • Peculiar attachment to inanimate objects.
  • Distressed by a change in routine.
  • Lining up toys.
  • Head banging.
  • Rocking back and forth.