Four early signs your child might have autism including problems with communication

Parents are being encouraged to seek help if they suspect their child may have autism, with experts highlighting four potential early signs.

One notable sign is the child facing difficulties in communication. Mark Blakey, a writer for Autism Parenting Magazine, has explained four Autism Spectrum Disorder symptoms that mean you should seek extra help and support.

Scroll down to read more about these signs. He said: "If your child displays tell-tale signs of autism, apply for an assessment.


The expert shared: "The sooner you do this, the quicker they'll acquire the tools they need to help them."

The NHS says autism can sometimes be different in girls and boys. This means it can be harder to spot in girls.

Girls may hide some signs of autism by copying how other children behave and play, withdraw in situations they find difficult, appear to cope better with social situations or show fewer signs of repetitive behaviours.

Problems with verbal communication

Your child may not know how to start and continue a conversation and may struggle to understand what you’re saying. They may speak with an unusual tone or rhythm, have delayed speech, or perhaps they talk very loud or very fast.

Mark said: "Children with ASD can suddenly struggle to say words they’ve often used before. Alternatively, they may not know how to use certain words or phrases in a sentence."

Problems with non-verbal communication

This involves things like eye contact, body language, touch, and social distance. You may observe times when your child struggles to read non-verbal cues. They may be poor at making eye contact or lacking in facial expression.

Children are usually good at sharing their toys and using hand gestures to point to them. If your child has ASD, this will be difficult for them. They’ll also be less likely to engage in make-believe play.

Restrictive behaviours

Youngsters with Autism Spectrum Disorder may walk ‘robotically’ or clumsily, keeping their hands at their sides. They may seek to avoid bright lights and loud noises. Mark states: "Your child may seem oblivious to pain or different temperatures, yet struggle with touch or hugs." Kids with ASD may be fussy about their food or become stressed if their routine suddenly changes.

Repetitive behaviour

Classic signs of ASD include hand flapping, spinning, or running on their toes. Alternatively, you may have seen your child rocking back and forth.

Many children become fixated on specific interests or activities, even if they’re more appropriate for younger or older people. They may say or do the same thing repeatedly or get stuck on a particular thought or idea.

More information is available on the NHS website here.