The following are some common warning signs of autism in children:
Lack of or delayed speech and language development
Lack of interest in interacting or making friends
Difficulty with social cues, such as understanding emotions in others
Repetitive or restrictive behaviors or interests
Difficulty with changes in routine or surroundings
Poor eye contact
Unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as aversion to certain textures or sounds.
It is important to note that these signs can vary widely and not all children with autism will show all of these behaviors. Also, a child who shows some of these signs may not have autism. A thorough evaluation by a qualified professional, such as a developmental pediatrician or a psychologist with experience in diagnosing autism, is needed to confirm a diagnosis of autism.
Lack of or delayed speech and language development: Children with autism may not start speaking as early as typically developing children, or they may have difficulty with language and communication. This can include difficulty with using words to express themselves, difficulty with understanding words and instructions, and difficulty with social communication, such as initiating conversations or responding to questions.
Lack of interest in interacting or making friends: Children with autism may have difficulty with social interaction and may not show an interest in making friends. They may also have difficulty with nonverbal communication, such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language.
Difficulty with social cues: Children with autism may have difficulty understanding social cues, such as emotions in others, and may not be able to interpret sarcasm, humor, or figures of speech.
Repetitive or restrictive behaviors or interests: Children with autism may engage in repetitive behaviors or have very focused and restricted interests. This can include repetitive movements, such as flapping, rocking, or spinning, or repetitive speech, such as repeating words or phrases. Children may also become fixated on certain objects or activities and have difficulty shifting their focus or attention.
Difficulty with changes in routine or surroundings: Children with autism may have difficulty adapting to changes in their routine or surroundings. They may become upset by small changes, such as a different route to school or a change in their daily schedule.
Poor eye contact: Children with autism may not make eye contact or may avoid it.
Unusual responses to sensory experiences: Children with autism may have unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as aversion to certain textures, sounds, smells, or lighting. They may also have a heightened sensitivity to certain sensations or a decreased sensitivity to others.
It’s worth noting that the autism spectrum is wide, and the severity and the specific symptoms can vary from person to person. A proper diagnosis from a qualified professional is important, and many other factors, such as language and developmental delays, behavioral disorders or other medical conditions should also be evaluated for.