Autism Signs & Symptoms in Children

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are recognized by difficulties with communication, social-interactions, and presence of repetitive and restricted behaviors. Symptoms for young children may include difficulty responding to their name being called, decreased eye contact, less interest in other people than would be expected, difficulty establishing relationships with peers, difficulty playing interactive games with others, and delayed speech or speech that does not seem appropriate for a child’s age level. As children develop, social interactions and daily demands become more complex. Because of these increased challenges, the gap between a child with ASD and their peers may seem to widen as they get older, and symptoms of ASD may appear to get worse. This is a common concern for parents, especially as their child approaches puberty and it becomes difficult to navigate the complicated social world and the complexity of academic life.