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Autism:Signs to Watch For

Doesn’t respond when called, sometimes appears to be deaf

Avoids eye contact

Difficulty in mixing and playing with other children

Did you know that…
Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affects the way the brain processes information, and prevents individuals from properly understanding what they see, hear and otherwise sense resulting in difficulties in social relationships, communication, and behaviour.
  • There are around 10 million people in India with ASD; 80% of these are boys.
  • Symptoms of Autism can range from a mild social and learning disability to a severe impairment.
  • Some children with Autism do not ever develop speech, some rarely use language to communicate, and some can go on to graduate from college.
  • What causes Autism is not yet known; hence there is no cure.
  • Autism shows no social, educational, economic, caste, or religious bias.
  • Autism is a complex condition, if you suspect that your child may have Autism, start intervention right away. Don’t wait for your child to be ‘older’ or till she/he receives a diagnosis.
  • The route to helping your child lies in understanding Autism and the unique ways it manifests in your child.
  • There is no cure for Autism, but every child with Autism can learn and progress.
  • Suitable education can contribute significantly to improve the long - term opportunities of children with Autism.

Doesn’t point with the index finger to indicate interest


Lack of pretend play or unusual and repetitive pretend play

Extreme restlessness, hyperactivity or extreme passivity

Not responsive to normal teaching methods

Inappropriate attachment to objects

  Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASD is commonly called Autism Neuro- typical: A term used for people who do not have Autism or ASD  
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