SIGNS OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISRODER IN TODDLERS

What to watch for in toddlers aged 12-24 months

  • No words by 16 months

  • Doesn't seem to know how to play with toys or excessively lines up toys or other objects

  • Is attached to one particular toy or object

  • At times, seems to be hearing impaired

  • Does not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months

  • Does not play "pretend" games (e.g. pretend to "feed" a doll) by 18 months

  • Avoids eye contact and wants to be alone 

  • Avoids or resists physical contact 

  • Is not comforted by others during distress 

  • Gives unrelated answers to questions

  • Gets upset by minor changes

  • Has obsessive interests

  • Flaps his hands, rocks his body, or spins in circles

  • Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

  • Has flat or inappropriate facial expressions

  • Has a loss of speech or babbling or social skills