Autism / ASD

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Symptoms of Autism in a Nonverbal Child:

  • Reduced eye contact – Avoids any type of eye-to-eye contact, however they have the tendency of staring at one object for a long time. They may stare in one direction and tend to look “zoned out”.
  • Uninterested in things – No interest at all in objects, and little or no pointing towards objects
  • Poor response – Child may give the impression that they are deaf because they tend to ignore verbal language
  • Limited Interaction – Poor overall development of social skills with little or no interaction with peers.  If they do engage, it is limited and not sustained.
  • Lack of affect – The child may seem like he is unhappy, or simply never smile
  • Impulsive and unpredictable behavior, particularly outside the home
  • Poor turn taking skills in joint activities

Symptoms of Autism with a verbal Child:

  • Delayed speech and language for the child’s age
  • Repetitive Speech, or echolalia
  • Random or perseverative use of ideas
  • Lack of symbolic or imaginative play
  • Poor eye contact and awareness to others
  • Limited engagement with others with little use of verbal or nonverbal turn taking
  • Uses language to meet needs rather than to share information or socialize
  • Can understand language, but has difficulty following multistep commands
  • Thrives on routines with poor transitioning from one activity to another
  • Has limited interest in the world- self absorbed
  • Does not bond with peers
  • General behavior pattern: self-stim behaviors, sensory integration problems, difficult to manage, inflexible

Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome:

  • Normal or advanced language development
  • Typically has an above average vocabulary
  • Tends to recite memorized scripts with irrelevant contextual meaning
  • Poor eye contact and limited facial expression may also have a monotone or atypical speech rhythm
  • Has trouble reading nonverbal social cues
  • Difficulty forming social bonds with peers
  • Does better with familiar adults
  • Unlike a severely autistic child who does not have the desire to socialize, a child with Apserger’s wants to socialize and conform with peers, but does not know how to relate to others
  • Inappropriate emotional responses in social contexts (does not laugh at a joke, or laughs at the wrong time)
  • Difficulty processing more complex language. Learns best visually
  • Reduced imaginative play
  • Narrow repertoire of interests, though usually very talented in some specific areas
  • Difficulty with conversational initiation, turn taking, and topic maintenance
  • General Behavior pattern: rigid, loves routine, and often has sensory processing problems

These and many other symptoms can be assessed and possibly even helped through our services.