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10 Early Autism Symptoms in Young Children

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Autism spectrum disorder (or ASD) is distinguished by a wide variation of social, communication, and cyclical behaviors that are considered somewhat out of character for children.

Every autistic individual will experience these symptoms differently, and on a mild to severe spectrum. However, the following ten behaviors are considered common early warning symptoms of autism in children…

1. Disconnection to Others

Children with autism often seem distant or disconnected to loved ones (i.e., their parents). For instance, they may seem disconnected emotionally and be unable to register pleasant social cues—particularly facial expressions such as a laugh, smile vs. an angry brow. Autistic children are not disconnected emotionally; they just don’t understand or pick up on social cues as efficiently.

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