TABLE 4

Red Flags: Early Symptoms of ASD

Symptom
By 12 months• Does not respond to name
By 14 months• Does not point at objects to show interest
By 18 months• Does not pretend play
General• Avoids eye contact and may want to be alone
• Has trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
• Has delayed speech and language skills
• Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
• Gives unrelated answers to questions
• Gets upset by minor changes
• Has obsessive interests
• Makes repetitive movements like flapping hands, rocking, or spinning in circles
• Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel