Sunday, January 17, 2010

Characteristics of Autism by Age

* Poor eye contact
* Passive in social interactions
* Little facial expression, smiling, and/or emotional control when interacting with others
* Delayed babbling, infrequent vocalization, and decreased object manipulation
* Abnormal movements, little variety of movement in exploring new objects, poor muscle tone and motor coordination

* Infrequent or delayed response when name is called
* Infrequent monitoring of the direction of other's gaze
* Infrequent response to others' pointing gestures
* Infrequent attempts to point out or show objects of interest
* Infrequent smiling at others paired with eye contact
* Low variety of speech sounds and gestures during communication attempts
* Delayed language development
* Low variety of actions on toys
* Infrequent vocalization paired with eye contact
* Repetitive behaviors and interests
* Unusual sensory responses, such as being unable to tolerate the feel of grass on bare feet

* Infrequent imitation of others' actions
* Minimal display of interest in other children
* Infrequent attempts to share with others
* Limited range of facial expression
* Infrequent offering of comfort to others
* Low variety of words produced
* Repetitive behaviors
* Restricted interests
* Unusual sensory responses

If your child displays several of these, please talk to your doctor.  Early intervention is key to helping your child be the best they can be.

Discovery Toys is a great resource to help your child in many areas of development.  If you would like more information about how Discovery Toys can help your child whether they are on the autism spectum or not, please visit my website: or send me an email:
posted by:
Cara Retz
Educational Leader, Discovery Toys

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