Diagnosing autism can be difficult since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorder.  Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis.

If your child exhibits some of these signs, or you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, or acts, contact your child’s doctor, and share your concerns:

  • Lacks appropriate eye contact
  • Prefers to be alone
  • Echoes words or phrases
  • Has difficulty interacting with others
  • Flaps their hands, rocks their body, or spins in circles
  • Insists on sameness or repetition
  • Has inappropriate attachments to objects
  • Laughs or giggles inappropriately
  • Dislikes cuddling
  • Has difficulty expressing needs; may use gestures
  • Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
  • Displays no real fear of dangers
  • Appears insensitive to pain
  • Exhibits sustained unusual or repetitive play; uneven physical or verbal skill