10 Signs of Autism

By dr. mera
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  • 1. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The American Psychiatry Association (APA) - https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm
  • 2. Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
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2. Lack of Eye Contact

Eye contact is a normal component of our non-verbal communication skills. It is a way to signal to the other person that we are paying attention and that we are committed to social interaction. For some people, it might be harder to look another person in the eyes and this might be quite normal. This issue might be related to a lack of confidence and/or nervousness.

On the other hand, patients with autism spectrum disorder are going to avoid eye contact even when talking to relatives or friends. This is not a confidence issue but a developmental trait associated with this condition.


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