Red Flags for Autism

Warning Signs of Autism in Early Childhood

If you think your child exhibits a number of these signs, we recommend that you ask your family doctor, pediatrician, psychologist or psychiatrist for a referral for a developmental assessment or referral to a developmental specialist.


  • No babbling by 11 months of age
  • No simple gestures by 12 months such as waving bye-bye
  • No single words by 16 months
  • No two-word phrases by 24 months
  • No response when name is called, causing concern about hearing
  • Loss of any language or social skills at any age

Behaviour   Boy_Truck2 

  • Odd or repetitive ways of moving fingers or hands
  • Oversensitive to certain textures, sounds, or lights
  • Lack of in toys or plays with toys in an unusual way (for example: opening and closing toy parts rather than playing with the toy)
  • Compulsions or rituals (has to perform activities in a certain sequence; prone to tantrums if rituals are interrupted)
  • Preoccupations with unusual interests, such as light switches
  • Unusual fears

Social   Playing_Ball

  • Rarely makes eye contact when interacting with people
  • Does not play peek-a-boo
  • Doesn't point to show things he/she is interested in
  • Rarely smiles socially
  • More interested in looking at objects than at people's faces
  • Prefers to play alone
  • Doesn't make attempts to get parent's attention; doesn't follow/look when someone is pointing at something
  • Seems to be "in his/her own world"
  • Doesn't respond to parent's attempts to play, even if relaxed
  • Avoids or ignores other children when they approach

 Remember -

Early intervention is critical.

Know the warning signs of autism in young children.

ACT early.

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