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Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Child)

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Child) - Symptoms

Symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Child) include:

Impairment of social communication
  • Delayed speech and language development
  • Difficulty expressing oneself or understanding others’ feelings or thoughts
  • Have difficulty using and reading gestures, facial expressions and body language
Impairment of social interaction/imagination
  • Tends to ignore people
  • Most would show simple attachment to parents or caregivers
  • Often active although socially odd
  • Some may initiate contact but in an odd, awkward or inappropriate way
  • Unable to play imaginatively with objects or toys or with other children and adults
  • Display limited range of imaginative activities. Play tends to be copied, repetitive and stereotypic
Children with ASD often like repetitive and stereotypic activities
  • Simple stereotypic activities like flicking fingers, spinning themselves or car wheels, watching running electronic displays, rocking or head banging
  • Complex stereotypic activities: lining things, repeated replays of CDs, using fixed routes and fixation with particular topics
Other features:
  • Intolerance to noise or certain textures, apparent insensitivity or over-response to pain, heat or cold.
  • Uneven patterns of intellectual functioning: may have unique skills, for example in music, numbers and letters but overall developmental delay or mental retardation.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Child) - Diagnosis

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