Every parent wants the best for their child in the present as well as in the future. That is why, they try their best to make their child independent, self reliant, and ready to tackle the world on their own. As a result, parents tend to neglect or ignore signs of autistic behavior. One of the reasons behind this is that they do not want their child to be an “outcast” or be considered as “not normal”.
But, ignoring signs of autistic behavior will do no good to the child. This is because, whether the parent accepts it or not, the child, is in fact, autistic. Hence, he or she will experience things differently than others. With not being able to understand what is going on, the child will become even more confused, alone, and lonely.
Signs of Autistic Behavior
Different children exhibit different signs of autism depending upon the age group they belong to. That is why we at School For Autism Blog will share the signs according to each age group.
Signs of Autistic Behavior In Toddlers
Some of the signs of autistic behavior in toddlers include:
- They do not make eye contact,
- They do not make gestures as a form of communication,
- They do not show affection when someone gets hurt.
To know more, read our article – Autistic Symptoms in Toddlers
Signs of Autistic Behavior In Older Children
Signs of such behavior in older children can be divided into four categories –
- Verbal Communication,
- Non – Verbal Communication, and
Let’s study the change in behavior in each of the above categories that would be considered as a sign of autism.
Category 1: Social
A person affected by autism shows signs of social difficulties. Some of these signs include –
- Ignores what others are saying to him or her.
- Seems to be detached from the activities going on around him or her
- Does not like to connect with others, play with friends, or even like making friends in the first place.
- Does not like make believe games.
- Has trouble in understanding and/or expressing feelings.
- Does not like to share interests or any personal achievements with other people.
- Does not like physical forms of affection (e.g. hugging).
Category 2: Verbal Communication
A person affected by autism shows signs of difficulties in verbal communication. Some of these signs include –
- Repeats phrases over and over again in a conversation.
- Has an abnormal tone or pitch during a conversation.
- Prefers to end a sentence as if it is a question.
- Refers to themselves in third person.
- Answers a question by repeating the original question.
- Takes everything literally, and does not understand humour, irony, or sarcasm.
- Has difficulty in communicating what they want or need.
Category 3: Non – Verbal Communication
A person affected by autism shows signs of difficulties in non – verbal communication. Some of these signs include –
- Avoids any form of eye contact.
- Sensitive to loud noises
- Has an unusual reaction to sights, smells, sounds, and textures.
- Can possibly give no response to people entering and leaving a room.
- The amount of gestures in a conversation (or otherwise) are limited. It may seem as if the person is robot like.
- Their facial expressions are not in coordination with what they are saying.
- Their posture is abnormal and clumsy. They may also prefer to walk on their tip toes.
Category 4: Flexibility
A person affected by autism shows signs of inflexibility. Some of these signs include –
- They prefer a rigid routine.
- They have problems adapting to a change in schedule or even a simple change in the environment.
- They grow unusual attachments with materialistic objects such as keys and rubber bands.
- They have narrow topic of interest.
- They like to repeat some actions such as spinning in a chair for hours at end.
- They can watch a moving object such as a ceiling fan for hours at end.
Read also: 10 Signs of Autism in a Child
These are a few signs of autistic behavior in children, and should not be ignored. Different autistic children show different combinations of the above signs. This is because autism is a genetic disorder, and the behavior depends upon which gene was affected within the child.
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