Awareness brings understanding and understanding brings compassion.
April is Autism Awareness Month and I think its important for friends and family to know what the symptoms of Autism look like to place someone on the autism spectrum. Yes at one point our son did nearly all of this but with early intervention things are changing but can you imagine going anywhere and having to put up with the “looks” from people. My friends who have children on the spectrum sadly know too well what I mean *hugs*
Here is an Autism symptom checklist that I wish I would have received at the doctor’s office after my son turned one instead of being told “boys normally reach their milestones slower than girls” when we raised our concerns that our son was still crawling but not walking on his own yet.
*Please share this list with family and friends and share on social media if you want to as well. Remember….awareness brings understanding and understanding brings compassion
The severity, frequency, and grouping of the following symptoms will determine where (if at all) an individual will fall on the autism spectrum.
• Repetitive behaviors (may want to watch the same program over and over again)
• Unresponsive to commands or questions (“in their own world”)
• Delayed speech & language development (non-verbal, especially by age 3)
• Lack of imitation of others or imaginative play
• Indifferent to the feelings of others
• Hypersensitivity to light & sound (covers ears when music is played or covers eyes when going outside)
• Self-stimulatory behaviors (rocking, jumping up and down, hand flapping)
• Echolalia (Repetition or echoing of a word or phrase just spoken by another person)
• Unusual emotional responses (inappropriate laughing or crying)
• Frequent temper tantrums / meltdowns
• Responds adversely to physical affection, hugs, kisses, etc.
• Shows no interest in making friends
• Does not initiate conversation
• Very poor diet (may eat only starches)
• Frequently walks on tip-toes as a toddler
• Socially withdrawn or socially awkward
• Shows little expressive language
• Clumsiness (falls or trips often)
• Improper use of pronouns, statements, and questions
• Unusual tone or rhythm of speech
• Self Injurious Behavior (head banging, scratching/biting self)
• Frequently makes irrelevant remarks
• Difficulty with abstract language and concepts
• Preoccupied with one or only a few narrow interests
• Need for sameness (adheres to routines)
• Severe tantrums when routines are disrupted
• Shows an attachment to unusual objects such as car parts, branches, leaves, etc.
• Fascination with spinning objects or spinning one’s self
• Very good at rote memory tasks such as repeating lists of items or facts