A-U-T-I-S-M

Early Signs

✖️✖️Signs Of Autism✖️✖️

❤️Early Red Flag Signs Of Autism❤️

EARLY RED FLAG ASD SIGNS 

▪️playing alone

▪️hand flapping

▪️humming

▪️toe walking

▪️teeth grinding 

▪️lack of eye contact

▪️Developmental Delay

▪️obsessions

▪️meltdowns 

▪️lining up cars, food, anything 

▪️doesn't like loud noises 

▪️only eating a few things

▪️not sleeping

▪️lack of social skills

▪️rocking 

▪️non verbal

▪️repetitive behaviours 

▪️attention to detail 

▪️difficulty relating to others

▪️doesn't like change of routine

▪️phrases without context

▪️not understanding feelings&demotions 

▪️spinning wheels and/or themselves 

▪️echoing words

 

⚠️A build up of these behaviours COULD be a sign of autism⚠️

What to watch for!

Behaviours To Others

Behaviours to watch for

1️⃣repetitive movements❓

▪️flapping their hands

▪️rocking back&forth,

▪️And/or flicking their fingers❓

2️⃣playing in a repetitive&unimaginative way, often preferring to play with objects rather than people❓

3️⃣developing a highly specific interest in a particular subject or activity❓

4️⃣preferring to have a familiar routine and/or getting very upset if there are changes to their normal routine❓

5️⃣having a strong like and/or dislike of certain foods based on the texture and/or colour of the food as much as the taste❓

6️⃣unusual sensory interests

▪️may sniff toys

▪️may sniff objects

▪️may sniff and/or people inappropriately

 

💟Responding To Others💟

 

1️⃣taking people’s speech literally❓

2️⃣being unable to understand sarcasm, jokes, metaphors and/or figures of speech ❓

3️⃣acting unusually negatively when asked to do something by someone else ❓

 

Interaction With Others💟

Interaction

 

1️⃣ not being aware of other people’s personal space, or being unusually intolerant of people entering their own personal space 

2️⃣little interest in interacting with other people, including children of a similar age, or having few close friends, despite attempts to form friendships 

3️⃣ not understanding how people normally interact socially, such as greeting people or wishing them farewell 

4️⃣ being unable to adapt the tone and content of their speech to different social situations 

5️⃣ speaking very formally at a party and then speaking to total strangers in a familiar way 

6️⃣ not enjoying situations and activities that most children of their age enjoy 

7️⃣ rarely using gestures or facial expressions when communicating 

8️⃣ avoiding eye contact

Spoken Language Signs💟

Communication

1️⃣ preferring to avoid using spoken language 

2️⃣ speech that sounds very monotonous or flat 

3️⃣ speaking in pre-learned phrases, rather than putting together individual words to form new sentences 

4️⃣ seeming to talk "at" people 

5️⃣ sharing a two-way conversation 

 

 

Other Conditions💟

Conditions Included

1️⃣ a learning disability (✔️)

2️⃣ attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 

3️⃣ Tourette's syndrome 

 

⚠️Other tic disorders include⚠️

1️⃣ epilepsy 

2️⃣ dyspraxia 

3️⃣ obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

4️⃣ generalized anxiety disorder 

5️⃣ depression 

6️⃣ bipolar disorder 

7️⃣ sleep problems 

Sensory💟

The 5 scensory areas

▪️HEAR▪️

1️⃣over sensitive to noise 

 

▪️SMELL▪️

1️⃣ like to smell things

2️⃣ some smells are bothersome

 

▪️LOOK▪️

1️⃣ lights hurt their eyes sometimes

 

▪️TASTE▪️

1️⃣fussy eater

2️⃣ eats bland foods

 

▪️FEEL▪️ 

1️⃣ might avoid being held

2️⃣may seek a firm touch or weighted blankets

3️⃣ easily overwhelmed 

4️⃣ fidgety 

5️⃣ problems sleeping 

6️⃣ may be unaware of pain

7️⃣ uncomfortable in clothing 

 

 

 

If your child has any of these problems, they may benefit from separate treatment, such as:

1️⃣medication 

 

2️⃣cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

 

in addition to their treatment for ASD

 

20 Social Skill Signs

Does not respond to name by 12 months of age❓

2️⃣ Avoids most eye-contact❓

3️⃣ Prefers to play and/or be alone❓

▪️little interest in interacting with other people including children of a similar age

▪️or having few close friends, despite attempts to form friendships

4️⃣ Does not share interests with others ❓

5️⃣ Only interacts to achieve a desired goal❓

6️⃣ Has flat and/or inappropriate facial expressions❓

▪️Speech that sounds very monotonous

7️⃣ Does not understand personal space boundaries ❓

▪️and/or being unusually intolerant of people entering their own personal space

8️⃣Avoids and/or resists physical contact❓

9️⃣Is not comforted by others during distress❓

🔟Has trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about own feelings ❓

⏸ Seeming to talk "at" people❓

1️⃣2️⃣ Sharing a two-way conversation❓

1️⃣3️⃣ Referring to avoid using spoken language❓

1️⃣4️⃣ Has speech that sounds pre-learned❓

▪️phrases, rather than putting together individual words to form new sentences

1️⃣5️⃣ Not understanding how people interact socially normally❓

▪️greeting people and/or wishing them fare well

1️⃣6️⃣Being unable to adapt the tone and/or content of their speech to different social situations❓

1️⃣7️⃣Speaking  very formally at a party and/or then speaking to total strangers in a familiar way❓

1️⃣8️⃣Not enjoying situations and/or activities that most children of their age enjoy❓

1️⃣9️⃣Rarely using gestures and/or facial expressions when communicating❓

2️⃣0️⃣ little interest in interacting with other people❓

▪️Including children of a similar age

▪️having few close friends, despite attempts to form friendships