SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
The five different categories classified by the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) all have common, distinguishable symptoms that join them together. These signs are most typically observed during infancy and early childhood and in some degrees of the spectrum, are carried through to adulthood.
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COMMON SIGNS OF ASD:
Failure to maintain and establish friendships/relationships
Does not understand personal space boundaries
Has difficulty following/understanding jokes or sarcasm
Avoiding eye contact
Avoiding or resisting physical contact
Need for routine
Lack of empathy
Lack of interest in sharing enjoyment
Preoccupation with specific interests
Repetition of words or behaviors
Signs of autism will vary across the spectrum. There are some patients who are able to learn and adapt completely and are able to be completely independent, while others have a more severe progression of the disorder and require consistent care.