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Every child develops skills at his or her own pace, but there are certain milestones that most reach by a certain point during early childhood development.

9 Signs of Autism

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may not reach these same milestones within the so-called “normal” timeframe. Children who may be on the autism spectrum may also exhibit certain behaviors.

Recognizing the signs of autism is critical because the sooner autism is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can begin to help a child navigate life with autism. Below is a list of “red flags” that we at Caravel Autism Health use to help parents recognize whether a child should be tested for autism.

Obtaining the proper diagnosis is the first step to helping a child who may be living with autism. If you believe that your child may have autism spectrum disorder, please click below and take our Pediatric Development Screener.

Eye Contact

Child avoids eye contact and wants to be alone.

Repetitive Speech

Repeats words or phrases over and over again.


Child shows obsessive interest with certain things.


Has trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings.

Unrelated Answers

Child gives unrelated answers to questions asked.

Body Movement

Child flaps their hands, rocks their body, or spins in circles.


Has delayed speech and language.

Upsets Easily

Child gets upset by minor changes.

Unusual Reactions to Things

Child has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel.


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