For children a bit older, keep an eye on repetitive actions and extreme interest in specific topics.
It’s natural for babies to mimic and echo words, but if you notice the flapping of hands, constant spinning in circles or even a less noticeable habit with their fingers, the behaviors could be a symptom of autism when paired with other signs.
Like repetitive behaviors, the range of what restricted interests can look like is quite wide since it is unique to each individual. One child may be incredibly into dinosaurs; memorizing every type and pronunciation. Another might be hyper-focused on the letters of the alphabet and the order of them. The key with this sign is that for these individuals, it is all about reciting the information rather than developing a deeper understanding or interest in conversing with others about it.
If you have a concern with any of these areas, it doesn’t necessarily mean your child has autism or any other developmental disorder. Either way, it’s important to discuss these challenges with professionals. Reach out to us so we can help get you answers.