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Signs and Symptoms

Early Signs of Autism

Social Interaction

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Anxiety around strangers
  • No interest in being held
  • No concept of personal space
  • Lack of initiation or continuation of play with peers
  • No interest in group activities


  • Some children on the spectrum are non-verbal or non-vocal
  • Speech delays
  • Lack of purposeful language
  • Rote, or repetitive language

Restricted, Repetitive Patterns of Behavior or Interests

  • Repetitive motor or verbal behaviors
  • Pacing, Rocking, or flapping their hands
  • Repetitive finger movements
  • Restricted or repetitive type of play
  • Prefer to do a limited number of activities or interests



If you notice any of these symptoms and signs from your child, contact your pediatricians for information on autism diagnosis services.