Common Characteristics of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Social Interaction

  • May have poor or atypical eye contact
  • May fail to respond or have a delayed response to his or her name
  • May not like to be held or cuddled
  • May not seem aware of others??? feelings
  • May prefer to play alone

Communication

  • Atypical language development
  • May lose previously acquired ability to say words or sentences
  • May speak with an abnormal tone or rhythm
  • May repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language (echolalia)
  • May have difficulty starting or maintaining conversations

Behavior

  • May ???over react??? or ???not be affected??? by the way things smell, taste, look, feel or sound
  • May engage in repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand flapping
  • May develop of prefer specific routines, orders or rituals
  • May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a car, rather than playing with the ???whole??? car
  • May have a persistent intense preoccupation with a single item, idea or person