An autism behavior checklist can help confirm that your child does, in fact, exhibit some signs of autism, but diagnosing autism is more complicated than that. If you are concerned that your child could be autistic, contact an expert for evaluation.
From an early age, babies recognize the sound of their parents' voices and, later, their own name. If your baby consistently fails to turn his head towards your voice, this could be a problem.
Many autistic children resist physical affection and will cry when you try to hold or hug them.
Most autistic children-- except those with Asperger syndrome-- have delayed speech and some lose previously learned speech skills.
Occasional tantrums are normal, but frequent episodes of extreme upset for no apparent reason could be cause for concern.
Autistic children frequently avoid making eye contact, even with family members.
Autistic children often have intense powers of concentration and will focus on one item, such as a part of a toy, for long periods.
Many autistic children get very attached to routines, becoming upset over the slightest change in schedule.
Some autistic children exhibit repetitive movements, such as swinging, spinning, hand flapping, rocking, and head banging.
Many autistic children have difficulty forming friendships and would prefer to play alone.
Starting and holding conversation is hard for many autistic children since they do not understand nuances such as facial expression, tone of voice, and sarcasm.