What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects communication, social skills, and behavior. Though it can be developed at any age, symptoms of ASD generally appear by ages 2-3.
What are the signs?
As part of their campaign “Spot ASD by 3”, the National Autism Association shares these 4 signs to help “S.P.O.T” the early signs of Autism.
S. Social Differences
Avoiding eye contact; not showing interest in other children; unusual play patterns; no pretend play
P. Persistent Sensory Differences
Persistently getting upset over everyday sounds; over or underreacting to lights, smells, tastes, textures
O. Obsessive/Repetitive Behaviors
Flapping hands; rocking back & forth; having obsessive interests in a particular object or activity
T. Talking/Communication Delays
Little to no babbling by 12 months; not saying a single word by 16 months; may appear deaf; loss of previous verbal skills or language