As early as infancy, a baby with ASD may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time.
A child with ASD may appear to develop normally and then withdraw and become indifferent to social engagement.
Individuals with ASD have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they can’t understand social cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and don’t watch other people’s faces for clues about appropriate behavior. They lack empathy.
Individuals with ASD tend to start speaking later than other children and may refer to themselves by name instead of “I” or “me.”
Children with ASD don’t know how to play interactively with other children.
Some speak in a sing-song voice about a narrow range of favorite topics, with little regard for the interests of the person to whom they are speaking.
Individuals with ASD may engage in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling, or in self-abusive behavior such as biting or head-banging.
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