In the first few years of life, signs of autism might include delayed speech and language development, limited eye contact, and difficulty with social interactions. Sensory sensitivities, repetitive behaviors, and intense focus on objects may also be present.
Infants and Toddlers (Ages 0-3)
In this age group, children might display a lack of interest in play with peers, delayed speech development, and limited empathy. Repetitive actions and difficulty with transitions can become more apparent.
Early Childhood (Ages 3-6)
Older children may struggle with friendships and understanding social cues. They could show intense interests in specific subjects and have difficulty with flexibility and change.
School-Age Children (Ages 6-12)
In adolescence, challenges with social interactions might intensify. Adolescents with autism can have difficulty with self-expression, managing emotions, and coping with transitions. They may show increased awareness of their differences.
Adolescents (Ages 12-18)