Autism is a disorder in a person that influences social interaction, communication, interests, and behavior and enters a condition called autism spectrum disorder. Autism usually appears in infancy and early childhood. The earlier the symptoms of autism are known, the faster the child will get treatment.
That way, treatment therapy can be more effective. So, what are the symptoms of autism in children? Following the review.
Various symptoms of autism in children that need to be aware of
To find out various symptoms of autism in children, you can see it from three main factors namely from social skills or interaction, communication, and behavior. Usually children with autism will show the following symptoms such as:
Social skills (interaction)
Children with autism usually have difficulty interacting with others as indicated by the following characteristics:
Cannot respond when called by name at the age of 12 months.
Not interested in playing, talking, and interacting with others.
Prefer to be alone.
Avoid or refuse physical contact.
When upset, children usually do not like to be entertained.
Children do not understand their own feelings and those of others.
Children with autism usually have problems with communication such as:
Too late to talk compared to children his age.
Speaking in a strange voice and often difficult to understand.
Repeat the same phrase frequently.
Respond to a question by repeating it, rather than answering it.
Using language incorrectly, for example using third-person pronouns in referring to themselves.
Don’t understand directions, statements, or simple questions.
Could not understand the joke given.
Children with autism will exhibit unusual behaviors such as:
Perform the same movements repeatedly for example, flapping hands, rocking back and forth, or snapping fingers.
Moves with constant excess behavior.
Doing special routines and getting annoyed when the routine is changed.
Having more fussy eating habits.
Often act without thinking.
Have aggressive behavior, both with yourself and others.
Can’t focus on one thing for a long time.
Having unusual sensory interests, for example sniffing toys, objects, or people.
Playing something in a repetitive and unimaginative way.
If you see a variety of symptoms in children, then try to immediately consult a doctor to find out the root of the problem. Appropriate early treatment can help the effectiveness of treatment.