Recognizing the Signs of Autism

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Check Out the New Blog The Autism Society of America defines autism as a ‘complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of ones life’. It is the result of neurological differences that affect normal processing and reactions of the body and brain. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Language and communication develop in stages and students with autism may not be at the same stage as their peers.

Some of the signs of autism are:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

Autistic children begin to show signs of autism from as early as 18 months. Identifying these signs early helps deal with the condition with greater ease.

From Professional Learning Board’s online continuing education course for teachers: Introduction to Autism


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