"Autism signs and symptoms can sound abstract on the page, but this video illustrates things like lining up toys, stacking blocks, rocking head back and forth, and other repetitive behaviors as it catches a little boy named Kevin in the act. Watch it to compare Kevin's behavior to your own child's ... or just to fall in love with this curly-headed cutie."
* does not respond to his/her name. * cannot explain what he/she wants. * language skills are slow to develop or speech is delayed. * doesn't follow directions. * at times, seems to be deaf. * doesn't point or wave "bye-bye." * used to say a few words or babble, but now doesn't. * throws intense or violent tantrums. * has odd movement patterns. * is overly active, uncooperative, or resistant. * doesn't know how to play with toys. * doesn't smile when smiled at. * has poor eye contact. * gets "stuck" doing the same things over and over and can't move on to other things. * seems to prefer to play alone. * gets things for him/herself only. * is very independent for his/her age. * does things "early" compared to other children. * seems to be in his/her "own world." * seems to tune people out. * is not interested in other children. * walks on his/her toes. * shows unusual attachments to toys, objects, or schedules (i.e., always holding a string or having to put socks on before pants). * spends a lot of time lining things up or putting things in a certain order.
Source: Filipek et al. (1999). Screening and diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 29(6): 439-484.
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