Signs of Autism

Signs of autism can start appearing at a very early age. The signs often appear gradually, and can often go unnoticed by parents and caregivers for a while. Most children with autism present themselves as typical children until the signs of autism make themselves visible. 

Some common signs of autism include:

-overall unresponsiveness to people (and other stimuli) in the child’s environment
-little to no eye contact
-avoidance or indifference to playing with other children
-a lack of or severe delay in speech development
-the repetitive use of sounds, words and language, including vocal imitation and repetition
-inability to initiate or sustain a conversation
-engaging in repetitive and sometimes inappropriate routines
-a strong resistance to change in routine or very negative reactions when routines are changed
-preoccupation with parts of objects, topics or activities  
-repetitive motor behaviours with the body 

Some facts about autism 

According to the Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) autism affect 1 in 59 children in the United States. The new estimate represents a 15% increase from two years prior and a 150% increase since 2000.  
An estimated 50,000 teens with autism lose school-based autism services each year when they become adults
Approximately one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
Approximately one third of people with autism have an accompanying intellectual disability.
Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.