Defying The Spectrum

What Does Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Look Like?


 What Does Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  Look Like? 


They say that when you meet one child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

you have done just that; met one.


It is important to remember that each child is inherently individual and their symptoms and needs will vary from mild to severe in areas of personality, social interaction, cognitive comprehension, speech, motor planning, and sensory interpretation.


It truly is a spectrum and a “one-size-fits-all” approach does not apply. And just like snowflakes or a set of fingerprints, no two are alike. Keeping this in mind there are still a few indicators that we can look for when considering if a child is showing special needs.

The CDC Listed Developmental Milestones  is a great resource of what is the average skill set by age that a child should be able to achieve. It is helpful to track where your child’s progress is and discuss it at each wellness check-up with your pediatrician.


If you are concerned:

  • Ask to see a Developmental Pediatrician for an assessment.

  • Also, contact Early Intervention (if under 3) and request an assessment.

  • If over 3, ask the school for an assessment.

The National Autism Association has a list for general signs of ASD, and Early Signs of ASD


  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter

  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter

  • No babbling by 12 months

  • No Gesturing (pointing, waving bye-bye) by 12 months

  • No words by 16 months

  • No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months

  • Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age



  • Doesn’t make eye contact (e.g. look at you when being fed).

  • Doesn’t smile when smiled at.

  • Doesn’t respond to his or her name or to the sound of a familiar voice.

  • Doesn’t follow objects visually.

  • Doesn’t point or wave goodbye or use other gestures to communicate.

  • Doesn’t follow the gesture when you point things out.

  • Doesn’t make noises to get your attention.

  • Doesn’t initiate or respond to cuddling.

  • Doesn’t imitate your movements and facial expressions.

  • Doesn’t reach out to be picked up.

  • Doesn’t play with other people or share interest and enjoyment.

  • Doesn’t ask for help or make other basic requests.

If you are concerned about your baby’s development, ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation. To find a developmental specialist in your area, click here or call the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) at 1-800-695-0285.

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