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Autism Support for Children, Youth and Families in North East Ontario


Autism: Early Signs and Symptoms

At Hands, we understand that parents and caregivers may worry if their toddler/preschooler has some form of developmental delay.

The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child shows any of the following signs, please speak with Hands, your pediatrician or family doctor as soon as possible:

      • Not responding to sounds, voices, or name
      • Poor eye contact
      • No social smiling by 6 months
      • Unusual attachment to or use of toys/objects
      • Not showing items or sharing interests
      • No babbling, pointing, meaningful gestures by 12 months
      • Any loss of speech or social skills
      • No two-word phrases by 24 months
      • No use of single words by 16 months

Have a concern?
Please complete our Autism Screening Tool.

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