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Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms: Speech, Language, and Communication

About 40 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders do not talk at all. Others have echolalia, which is when they repeat back something that was said to them. The repeated words might be said right away or at a later time. For example, if you ask someone with an autism spectrum disorder, "Do you want some juice?" he or she will repeat "Do you want some juice?" instead of answering your question. Or a person might repeat a television ad heard sometime in the past.
 
People with autism spectrum disorders symptoms might not understand gestures such as waving goodbye. They might say "I" when they mean "you", or vice versa.
 
Other autism spectrum disorder symptoms of speech, language, and communication can include:
 
  • Standing too close to the people they are talking to
  • Speaking with a flat sounding voice
  • Inability to control how loudly or softly they talk
  • Sticking with one topic of conversation for too long
  • Talking a lot about something they really like, rather than having a back-and-forth conversation with someone
  • Speaking well and knowing a lot of words, but having a hard time listening to what other people say.
     

Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms: Repeated Behaviors and Routines

People with autism spectrum disorder symptoms might repeat actions over and over again. They might want to have routines where things stay the same so they know what to expect. They might have trouble if family routines change. For example, if a child is used to washing his or her face before dressing for bed, he or she might become very upset if asked to change the order and dress first and then wash.
 
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