Red Flags for 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
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