There are a wide variety of autism symptoms, and not all autism sufferers show the same symptoms. There are general guidelines that will make autism detection slightly easier. Just remember that just because your child has some of the symptoms that are on the list of possible autism signs does not mean that your child has autism. The more symptoms an individual has the more likely it is that they are affected by autism. A professional diagnosis needs to be made before you can be certain. What is usually seen is a poorly developed, or impaired, ability to communicate with other humans. A lack of social skills and response to situations in which a parent tries to make contact with their child can often be found in children with autism. Which is why it is very important that you monitor your child's behavior from birth. The sooner the diagnosis can be made the better prepared you will be. Thankfully treatment methods have improved significantly over the last 10 years, and although a person with autism will most likely not be able to communicate as effectively as people with the condition, there are improvements that can be made.
Insensitivity to the emotional state of others is quite often a symptom of autism. A father smiles at his son yet the son does not look him in the eyes nor smiles back at him. The unwillingness to make eye contact with parents is another common symptom. Repetitive movements and an obsessive interest in one object or action can be another sign. The child feels extremely occupied with that toy truck he is holding, he will not let go of it. Efforts to distract the child away from the toy truck proof futile. His mind is fully dedicated to that one particular toy.
There are many levels of severity when it comes to autism. Some have mild social interaction issues, others need 24 hour care because they are incapacitated of doing the most simple of tasks. Again we stress that early diagnosis will help ease the tensions that autism can cause at a later age.