What are the signs that my child may have ASD?
Autism is a social communication disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact with others. Children with ASD have difficulty using verbal and nonverbal means to meet their daily needs, such as making requests. They also have difficulty using language for social purposes. Some children with ASD may be nonverbal; others may develop language that is highly repetitive with imitation of words, sentences, or sounds, scripted speech, or unusual tone or inflection.
Your child may have ASD if they struggle in any of the following areas:
- Initiating and maintaining communication or social interaction with a familiar adult or child using sounds and/or words
- Participating in familiar routines
- Displaying affection with a familiar adult
- Taking turns during activities
- Ability to regulate stress or anxiety
- Communicating personal likes and dislikes through verbal and non-verbal actions
- Separating comfortably from parents for routine activities
- Playing both independently and with other children
- Transitioning smoothly between activities