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Autism Symptoms Checklist

Is Your Child at Risk?

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are most often diagnosed between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. Studies indicate that autism is four times more likely to affect boys than girls. There is also an increased risk if a sibling has been diagnosed with autism.

Possible indicators, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, include:

  • Does not babble, point, or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age
  • Does not speak one word by 16 months
  • Does not combine two words by 2 years
  • Does not respond to name
  • Loses language or social skills

Some other possible indicators:

  • Doesn't play with toys appropriately
  • Excessively lines up toys or other objects
  • Is attached to one particular toy or object
  • No pointing or showing

If your child exhibits one or more of the above-mentioned red flags of autism spectrum disorders, contact your child's pediatrician and explain your concerns. As part of our Physician Outreach Program, we've produced an Autistic Disorders Screening Kit to aid physicians in accurately recognizing the early signs of autism. SARRC also provides continuing education for pediatricians from across the state and provides information about the latest in autism research.