Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Autism Symptoms Checklist

1 in 88 children in the U.S. has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): CDC.com The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in a sample country (South Korea) is 2.64%, or approximately 1 in 38 children according to a study funded by autismspeaks.org and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on May 9, 2011.

On Feb. 2, 2010, the British medical journal The Lancet formally retracted a study which had linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and gastrointestinal problems. More info at msn.com

A Norwegian study of 85,000 children found that “women who took folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy were about 40% less likely to have a baby later diagnosed with autism.” More info at USAToday.com.

If your child has one or more of the following symptoms, consider asking a doctor to evaluate your child for possible autism:

General:

  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Obsessive interest in certain things
  • Avoidance of eye contact with people
  • Repetitive rocking, twirling, etc.

As a baby:

  • Unresponsive to people
  • Tendency to focus on one item for a long period of time
  • Low sensitivity to pain
  • High sensitivity to sound, touch, etc.
  • Resistance to being touched (especially to being hugged)

As an infant:

  • Slow to start speaking
  • Refers to themself by name vice “me” or “I”

By one year old:

  • Not responding to their name
  • Lack of happy expressions
  • Lack of babbling
  • Problems establishing eye contact
  • Staring for a long time at items which aren’t moving

As a child:

  • Difficulty making friends
  • Difficulty starting or carrying on conversations
  • Lack of imaginative play
  • Unusual and/or repetitive use of language
  • Difficulties with social interactions
  • Difficulties with communication (verbal and nonverbal)
  • Deisre to adhere to certain routines
  • Failure to respond to their name
  • Difficulties determining what others think or feel
  • Difficulties interpreting social cues (e.g., tone of voice, facial expressions)
  • Lack of empathy
  • Self-abusive actions (e.g., biting, head-banging)
  • Difficulties playing with other children
  • Speaking in a singing voice
  • Often speaks about the same topics over and over again

For more info:

Comments


  1. On July 10th, 2012, Ellen said:

    Your autism checklists have “lack of empathy” and “lack of imaginative play” in both of them. That information is outdated and been proved incorrect for the past two years now, but to be fair, you list does say one or more, which I appreciate. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, the Autism Self Advocacy Network aka ASAN, and the Autism Science Foundation should be added to the “For More Information” part of the checklist to counterbalance the incorrect information being given by some of the other agencies and foundations that are listed. Thank you! :) Source: a person who has Autism, is raising an Autistic child, and an Autism Advocate.

  2. On July 10th, 2012, editor said:

    Ellen, Thank you very much for your inputs!

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