Autism Symptoms

You can observe some Autism symptoms in a person as young as two years old and sometimes even younger. Here are the main Autism symptoms that will allow you to identify or wonder if your a member of your family, a friend or anyone else might be affected by this disorder. The severity of these Autism symptoms may vary as each individual is unique. That is why it is evaluated on a spectrum.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Motor Skills and Play Time

This section will introduce the symptoms that affect both the motor skills and the behavior during play time.

  • You can observe a lack of interest in activities and toys.

  • A child might focus on a parts of toys rather than the whole toy, giving the impression to be mesmerized by it.

  • Someone might focus on a specific subject that fascinate him such as: a schedule, special patterns, brand of cars, etc.

  • A routine must be followed during any activity and what is said to come next or how many times it is to be done must be followed literally.

  • Some behaviors might be observed such as hand flapping, rocking, spinning, etc/

  • Both gross and fine motor skills might be showing some delay. While some motor skills might be good, some might be delayed or not developed as well.

  • Some excitement may be displayed while observing intensely some objects such as a ceiling fan, a light, etc.

  • Showing odd behavior or unusual ways during play time.

  • Developing a special or sometimes inappropriate attachment to certain objects.

  • Matching toys, lining up things while following a certain pattern, spinning objects, etc.

  • Hyperactivity or a diminution of activity level might also be present.

  • Repetitive play can be observed as well.

  • You may also notice a certain amount of clumsiness due to uneven motor skills.

Now that you are aware of the symptoms that affect the motor skills and the play of a child that is affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder, it will be easier for you to understand and explain it to others so instead of judging, they might be more sensitive to the needs of a person with Autism.


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