Signs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder begin to show up by the time ages 2 or 3, and the earlier a child begins receiving treatment, the better the chances of success. The national Centers for Disease Control and the Mayo Clinic list several signs to watch for in a young child:
• doesn’t respond to his name by 12 months of age;
• has delayed speech and language skills;
• avoids eye contact;
• has trouble understanding others’ feelings or difficulty expressing her own;
• repeats words and phrases over and over;
• is obsessed with specific objects (such as the wheels of a toy truck, or a ceiling fan);
• repeatedly flaps hands, rocks or spins his body;
• becomes very upset with minor changes in routine;
• resists cuddling or holding and seems to want to play alone.
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