10 Autism Symptoms

By christine
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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  • 1. 'Autism Spectrum Disorder.' MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 4 May 2021, medlineplus.gov/autismspectrumdisorder.html
  • 2. 'Autism Spectrum Disorder.' National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/
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Obsessive Interests

Obsessive interests are another common autism symptom. Similar to repetitive movements, the person rarely notices the obsessiveness unless someone mentions it. Parents may observe that their child is focusing entirely on a single item during early childhood, such as the wheels on toy cars.

Although this can sometimes be problematic, it can also be an area at school or later at their workplace where they excel. Avoid trying to direct the person away from their interests unless it's dangerous or inappropriate.


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