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Health Tip: Symptoms That May Indicate an Autistic Disorder

(HealthDay News) -- Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), caused by a problem in the brain, describes a group of related conditions that affect a child's actions, ability to associate with others, and capacity to communicate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the following behaviors and characteristics could signal an ASD in an infant or toddler:

  • Arching the back when picked up instead of cuddling against you.
  • Little to no eye contact with others.
  • Lack of response to someone's facial expressions.
  • Failure to respond to what someone looks at or points to.
  • Failure to express and share an interest in surrounding objects.
  • Lack of own facial expressions.
  • Difficulty making friends.

-- Diana Kohnle

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