How do I know if my child has Autism?

Signs that may identify the need for an ASD screening:

  • Avoids eye contact and want to be alone
  • Does not like to cuddle
  • Does not make eye contact
  • Does not play "pretend" games at 18 months/ lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Does not point at objects to show interest by 14 months
  • Does not respond to his or her name
  • Does not respond to his or her name by 12 months
  • Does not return smiles
  • Does not talk or suddenly stops talking
  • Flaps hands, rock their body or spin in circles
  • Gets upset by minor changes
  • Gives unrelated answers to questions
  • Has delayed speech and language skills
  • Has limited food preferences
  • Has obsessive interests (e.g. persistent fixation on arts of the object)
  • Has temper outbursts or tantrums - "meltdowns"
  • Has trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look or feel
  • Is sensitive to clothing and textures
  • Lags behind same-age children in skills
  • Not interested in other children
  • Repeats words or phrases over and over

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1. What causes autism?
2. How do I know if my child has Autism?
3. What are possible signs of Autism in babies and toddlers?
4. What are the eligibility requirements for Applied Behavioral Analysis services?