Autism affects cognitive abilities, social development, mood, and speech in affected individuals. Autism’s signs are usually visible in children by age 2-3 years. Autism is a “spectrum” disorder, so signs and symptoms can vary substantially between individuals depending on the level of the severity of autism.
Here is a list of common signs and symptoms in autism:
- Delayed development compared to other children
- Ceases to respond when being called by anyone
- Cannot blab words or phrases at age appropriate levels
- Does not socialize with other children
- Avoids eye contact
- Always wants to be alone
- Echoing words over and over again
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty following simple instructions
- Cannot recognize or differentiate facial expressions
- Avoids physical contact
- Gives unrelated answers to questions
- Uncontrollable tantrums
Autism patients may develop normally and then regress or totally lose their learning abilities, speech or social skills around age 1 or 2. If you suspect autism in your child, seek your local Early Intervention office. The earlier you seek help and undergo consultation the bigger the chance of getting better.
MindWhale specializes in helping autistic individuals improve cognition, speech, mood, and behavior through consultations and free classes. Contact us so we can help you to support and improve the life of your child or loved one suffering from autism.