Health Matters

Identifying The Signs of Autism

Know the common signs.



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April is Autism Awareness month and time for a reminder about early identification. Dr. Maureen Grissom, faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has some advice.

“Now diagnosed at one in 36 children, autism rates have risen steadily. Early intervention improves outcomes for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends autism screenings at 18 and 24 months. Autism is more common in boys and symptoms may overlap with language disorders and ADHD.”

Some common signs include:

  • Poor eye contact.
  • Not responding to name.
  • Difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Lack of social interaction and repetitive behaviors.
  • None of these signs alone indicate a diagnosis.

“If you are concerned about autism, consult your doctor.”

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