Autism Symptoms Checklist

What should you look for in a child who may have autism?

Here is a checklist of common traits that indicate a child may have a diagnosis of autism.  By checking off the behaviors that apply, a parent can help get a head-start on intervention by bringing this list to a healthcare provider, along with a complete medical and developmental history, of the child. The healthcare provider will then conduct further observations and assessments in order to make an authentic diagnosis.

Early signs of Autism

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html

First Signs

https://www.firstsigns.org/

 

Symptom checklist


Infant / Baby checklist:

___    Does not smile or engage in social behavior (clapping, chasing bubbles)

___    Avoids eye contact; only peers at parent or others out of corner of eye

___    Seems overly sensitive to being touched or to certain, often loud, noises

____  Under-responsive to pain unless acute

____  Focuses on objects instead of people

____  No pointing or gesturing by 12 months

____  No babble by 12 months

____  Lack of imitation (stacking blocks, stirring spoon, clapping)

____  No interest in peers

____  Does not respond to name or attempts to get his/her attention

____  Doesn’t like to cuddle

____  No spontaneous two-word phrases by 12 months

____  Stares at unmoving object for long periods of time

____  Does not make attachments to cuddly toys or people

____  No interest in or ability to crawl or walk

 

 

Toddler/Child

____  Any loss of skills or language; child appears to be “going backwards” in development

____  Echolalia (repeats what others say)

____  Delayed fine motor skills (ability to hold crayons, pencils, work with clay)

____  Dislike of certain textures (sand under feet, play-do, clay)

____  Aversion to certain smells, textures and appearances of food

____  Inability to ask for what he wants; tantrums to get what he wants

____  Prefers to be alone

____  Spins self or objects for long periods of time

____  Runs back and forth for no purpose

____  Seems to be in “own world”

____  Has increased sensitivity to light and loud noises

____  Reduced sensitivity to pain; cannot tell when he is sick

____  Insensitive to extreme heat, extreme cold

____  Minimal or no response to others’ emotions

____  Inappropriate responses to others’ words or emotions

____  Inability to initiate play or conversation

____  Louder than usual voice; robotic or sing-song voice

____  Overly formal language and mannerisms

____  More comfortable with adults than peers

____  Doesn’t understand imaginary games or jokes

____  Repetitive play with toys; lines up toys or other objects time after time

____  Hits or bites other children to get preferred object away from them

____  Turns light switch on and off or rewinds video over and over again, ignoring pleas to stop

____  Does not respond to others’ smiles or overtures

____  Hurts self by biting, scratching, hitting head on wall or floor

____  Oppositional to adults

____  Does not like new situations; gets extremely agitated with change in routine

____  Difficulty making friends

____  Excluded by other children; teased and/or bullied

____  Talks about the topics over and over again and doesn’t seem interested in anything else

____  Unable to converse with others

____  Unable to relate to others on an emotional level; establishes relationships in order only to get what he needs

____  Walks on tip-toes

 

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