- Not respond to their name by 12 months
- Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
- Not play "pretend" games (pretend to "feed" a doll) by 18 months
- Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
- Have trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
- Have delayed speech and language skills
- Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
- Give unrelated answers to questions
- Get upset by minor changes
- Have obsessive interests
- Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
- Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
This is my 1 in 54 boys, my son and my face of Autism, my son Brock:
We are a family living with Autism, and you can read about the beginning symptoms to diagnosis including our denial in the early stages, to what life is like for some children on the spectrum, how holiday's can disrupt everything, their siblings, and how others in society can be unkind. This story is no different than millions of others, except it happens to be our lives. Together we can ALL make a difference!
Disclaimer: This is a guest post written by my good friend, Karen — owner/editor of The Mommy Times. Please show your support for Autism Awareness by spreading the word! Thank you.