Autism is a disorder in a person which affects social interaction, communication, interests, and behavior. Autism usually appears when still a baby and in early childhood. The earlier the symptoms of autism in children are known, then the faster of the treatment. Therefore, therapy can be more effective. The following is the symptoms of autism in children.
Symptoms of Autism in Children
To find out the symptoms of autism in children, you can see it from three main factors. They are social or interaction skills, communication, and behavior. Usually, children with autism will show the following symptoms.
Social Skills (Interaction)
Children with autism usually have difficulty interacting with others. The following are the characteristics:
- Cannot respond when called by name at the age of 12 months
- Not interested in playing, talking, and interacting with others
- Prefer to be alone
- Avoid or refuse physical contact
- When upset, the children usually do not like to be entertained
- The children do not understand their own feelings and those of others
Children with autism usually have problems with communication such as:
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- Too late to talk compared to children in his or her age
- Speaking in a strange voice and often difficult to understand
- Repeat the same phrase frequently
- Respond to a question by repeating it, rather than answering it
- Using language incorrectly, for example using third-person pronouns in calling to themselves
- Don’t understand directions, statements, or simple questions
- Could not understand the joke
Children with autism will show unusual behaviors such as:
- Perform the same movements repeatedly, for example, flapping hands, swaying back and forth, or snapping fingers
- Moves with constant excess behavior
- Doing special routines and getting annoyed when the routine is changed
- Having more fussy eating habits
- Often act without thinking
- Have aggressive behavior, both with themselves and others
- Can’t focus on one thing for a long time
- Having unusual sensory interests, for example sniffing toys, objects, or people
- Playing something in a repetitive and unimaginative way
If you see these symptoms in a child, then immediately consult a doctor to find out the root of the problem. Appropriate early treatment can help the effectiveness of treatment.