Common Signs of Autism in 5 to 10 year old Child

Some common signs of autism in children age 5 to 10 year old include difficulty with social interactions, difficulty with communication, repetitive behaviors, and a lack of interest in activities that most children enjoy. Some specific signs to look for include:

  • Struggling to initiate or maintain conversations with others
  • Having difficulty understanding nonverbal communication, such as gestures and facial expressions
  • Repeating words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Having a limited range of interests and activities
  • Engaging in repetitive behaviors, such as hand-flapping or rocking
  • Having difficulty with abstract concepts, such as time and direction
  • Struggling with organization and planning
  • Becoming extremely upset by minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Having unusually strong reactions to certain sounds, textures, or other sensory experiences

It is not recommended to try to self-assess a child for autism and keep in mind that every child is different and may not exhibit all of these or any symptoms. Additionally, autism can present itself in different ways in different children. Autism is a complex condition that can be difficult to diagnose, and it is best to have a child assessed by a healthcare professional who is trained in diagnosing and treating autism.

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