What to Look For

Here are some signs that may indicate your child is at risk for autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, speak to your family doctor or pediatrician immediately.

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Here Are Some Other Common Traits in Children with Autism:

  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Odd repetitive motions
  • Almost always on their own (does not mean they actually prefer being alone)
  • Aversion to cuddling
  • Resistance to change
  • Inappropriate attachment to objects
  • Uneven gross/fine motor skills
  • Echolalia: repetition of words and phrases
  • Laughing, crying or showing distress at inappropriate times
  • Unresponsive to verbal cues
  • Tantrums/possible self-injurious behaviors

Early identification is key to early intervention. Please take a moment to look at the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS), a developmental screening tool for infants and children up to 6 years of age. This tool will allow you to determine if your child is developing normally and will allow for early detection and intervention if there are any developmental problems. Click here to download the NDDS Screening Tool. Visit the NDDS site to get the latest version of the screening tool.

Some Important Notes:

  • Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS)
    • 13 key stages of development, from 1 month – 6 years of age
    • If your child falls between 2 ages, use the earlier NDDS (e.g., for a 4½ year old use the NDDS for a 4 year old.)
  • If you have checked 1 or more “No” responses  seek attention from your family doctor or pediatrician
  • Please see your family doctor for the important 18 month checkup – this is applicable to all families with 18 month old.