Symptoms of autism

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Symptoms of autism can include:

  • difficulty in interacting; avoiding eye contact; preferring to be alone; unresponsiveness to noises
  • repeats activities, words or phrases; cling to sameness or objects; repetition of what is heard
  • inappropriate laughing or giggling; difficulty expressing needs
  • ostensible insensitivity to pain and lack of appreciation of danger
  • fascination with spinning around
  • compulsive behavior
  • discomfort and agitation due to changes in routine; maladaptive behavior.
  • trouble displaying empathy.
  • narrow interests; constant preoccupation with one object or interest.
  • peculiarities in speech; speech can be delayed, tangential, or lacking proper syntax. May speak like a "little professor".
  • Problems with nonverbal communication.

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