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Red Flags of Autism

Individuals with autism usually exhibit some of the traits listed below. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary in intensity from symptom to symptom. Please note this symptom list in NOT a substitute for a full-scale diagnostic assessment.


 Difficulty interacting or playing with other children.

 Insistence on sameness; resists changes in routine.

 Laughing or giggling during inappropriate situations

 No real fear of dangers 

Little or no eye contact

  Sustained odd play or repetitive play

  Apparent insensitivity to pain

  Echolalia (repeating words or phrases in place of normal language)

  Prefers to be alone; aloof manner

  May not want cuddling or physical touch

 Spins objects

 Not responsive to instructions or gestures; appears to ignore

 Inappropriate attachment to objects

 Difficulty in expressing needs; uses gestures or pointing instead of words

 Noticeable physical overactivity or extreme underactivity

 Tantrums - displays extreme distress for no apparent reason

 Unresponsive to normal teaching methods

 Uneven gross/fine motor skills (may not want to kick a ball but can stack blocks)

Downloadable PDF checklist 

Source: Rady Children's Hospital


Quad Cities Autism Center - 2430 - 6th Avenue,  Moline IL  61265. 

Phone: 309.764.5555