Autism Checklist ~ What You Need To Know



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


Autism Symptoms

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• Socially withdrawn or socially awkward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



5 Comments Add yours

  1. njfield says:

    Thanks for posting this. I saw similar lists as my son was in the early stages of development. I would just mention that if you *think* your child might be autistic, don’t wait for the next symptom to show. Not all kids show all symptoms. Getting a diagnosis can take a long time and EIC really is the best medicine for the little ones. Our son showed some symptoms, but not all. Obviously we wanted him to not be autistic, so we were always looking for ways that he didn’t match the list. Fortunately, we pursued a diagnosis anyway. By the time we really *KNEW* it might have been too late to get much early intervention. Thanks for posting this. I am so happy to see so many Autism Awareness posts lately!


    1. Cyn says:

      I think I kept wavering from “is there something wrong?” and reading the developmental milestone charts over and over again to finding things that he “could do” and thinking things were okay and like you said…looking for ways that he didn’t match the list. I remember beginning to pursue speech assessments and hearing tests and watching him fall further and further behind and get more and more frustrated. We were told the wait list for diagnosis through a government paid program was one year and to try and get him into a preschool, early childhood education programs and socialize him but you won’t have more access to the publicly funded system until you have a diagnosis. So its better to trust your gut, get on the wait lists just in case and get things checked out because what harm is there in that….

      Thanks for stopping by and reading and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.


  2. vaughanmom says:

    Reblogged this on The Five Vaughans and commented:
    This is a wonderfully easy to read, concise and informative Autism checklist.put together by a fellow blogger and friend, Cyn.


    1. Cyn says:

      *hugs* Thank you for sharing and help spreading this:)


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