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Traits of Autism

There are a large number of symptoms or traits for Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The list below is complied with some of the most common ones.

This list should not be used for diagnosis.
If you have any concerns, contact your GP or Health Professional.

  • No or little speech
  • Non-speech vocalizations
  • Delayed development of speech
  • Echolalia: speech consisting of literally repeating something heard
  • Delayed echolalia: repeating something heard at an earlier time
  • Confusion between the pronouns "I" and "You"
  • Lack of interaction
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Lack of response to people
  • Aggressive behavior due to anxiety and/or frustration
  • When picked up, offering no "help" ("feels like lifting a sack of --potatoes")
  • Preoccupation with hands
  • Flapping hands/ this may be accompanied by jumping up and down with excitement
  • Spinning
  • Balancing, e.g. as if standing on a fence
  • Walking on tiptoes
  • Extreme dislike of certain sounds / may hold hands over ears
  • Extreme dislike of touching certain textures
  • Dislike of being touched / close contact
  • Either extremely passive behavior or extremely nervous, active behavior
  • Extreme dislike of certain foods
  • Behavior that is aggressive to others
  • Lack of interest
  • Desire to follow set patterns of behavior / interaction
  • Desire to keep objects in a certain physical pattern
  • Repetitive behavior
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Ritualistic behavior

Remember all children are different, especially children on the Autistic Spectrum.
They may have many, or only a few of the symptoms/ traits above.

Again, if you have any concerns about your child please contact your health professional.


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