Having a child tested for autism spectrum disorder is only something that a qualified professional will be able to do. However, knowing the signs of autism can help you decide whether or not to seek further evaluation for your child. The easiest way to be able to determine if a child should have further evaluation for autism spectrum disorder is to know the signs.

KNOW THE SIGNS

6
Months
  • No social smiles or other warm, joyful expressions directed at people
  • Limited or no eye contact
9
Months
  • No sharing of vocal sounds, smiles or other nonverbal communication
12
Months
  • No babbling
  • No use of gestures to communicate (e.g. pointing, reaching, waving etc.)
  • No response to name when called
16
Months
  • No words
24
Months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases
  • Any loss of any previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills

SIGNS AT ANY AGE

  • Avoids eye contact and prefers to be alone
  • Struggles with understanding other people’s feelings
  • Remains nonverbal or has delayed language development
  • Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Gets upset by minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Has highly restricted interests
  • Performs repetitive behaviors such as flapping, rocking, or spinning
  • Has unusual and often intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
Still not sure? You can connect with an evaluating professional in the Northern Indiana or Southwest Michigan area
  • Mishawaka, IN
  • South Bend, IN
  • Plymouth, IN
  • Warsaw, IN
  • Kalamazoo, MI

Use the form below to contact us and we'll connect you with a professional in your area who evaluates children for autism. You can also call 574-387-4313 and ask to speak with our Family Outreach Coordinator.

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