Does my child have symptoms of autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder causing delays or disabilities when it comes to social skills such as ordinary conversation, eye contact, and emotional understanding. These issues usually lead to impaired social interaction and problems with verbal and nonverbal communication. People with autism often have unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Autism also causes delays in developing fine and gross motor skills. Experts estimate that 3 to 6 children out of every 1,000 will have autism. For unknown reasons, boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls. What causes autism in unknown, but it does seem to run in families, and it is not contagious. It may not be easy to identify a person with autism. Autistic people may have high or low IQ’s. They may be chatty or silent, outgoing or shy, good or bad students. Some have unusual talents, other do not. Some are easygoing while others have severe behavior issues. Take this quick assessment to learn more about the symptoms of autism to help you determine whether or not your child may be autistic.