Autism | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of autism?

Common symptoms of autism include the following:

  • Avoids cuddling or making eye contact
  • Does not respond to voices or other sounds
  • Does not respond to his or her name
  • Does not talk or does not use language properly
  • Rocks back and forth, spins or bangs his or her head
  • Stares at parts of an object, such as the wheels of a toy car
  • Does not understand hand gestures or body language
  • Does not pretend or play make-believe games
  • Is very concerned with order, routine or ritual and becomes upset if routine is disturbed or changed
  • Has a flat facial expression or uses a monotone voice
  • Injures himself or herself or is unafraid of danger

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/01

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