What is Autism?

Signs of Autism

Children with Autism generally struggle in these three areas:  Social skills, Language, and Behavior

“Z” means that Zeke has the same trait

Social skills

  • Fails to respond to his or her name
  • Has poor eye contact  “Z”
  • Appears not to hear you at times
  • Resists cuddling and holding
  • Appears unaware of others’ feelings  “Z”
  • Seems to prefer playing alone — retreats into his or her “own world”  “Z”


  • Starts talking later than other children  “Z”
  • Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences  “Z”
  • Does not make eye contact when making requests  “Z”
  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm — may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
  • Can’t start a conversation or keep one going  “Z”
  • May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn’t understand how to use them  “Z”


  • Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping  “Z”
  • Develops specific routines or rituals
  • Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
  • Moves constantly  “Z”
  • May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car  “Z”
  • May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch and yet oblivious to pain  “Z”

        Mayo Clinic