Common Signs of Autism?

Commons sign to watch for in your child would be failure to respond to their name, intent focusing on tasks and sharp body movements.

Autism is primarily defined by deficits in three areas of development: social interaction, communication and range of interests. As early as infancy, a baby with ASD may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time. Children with an ASD may fail to respond to their names and often avoid eye contact with other people.  They have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they can't understand social cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and don't watch other people's faces for clues about appropriate behavior.   Many children with an ASD engage in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling, or in self-abusive behavior such as biting or head-banging.  Children with an ASD don't know how to play interactively with other children.