ASD Behaviour Trait Checker
If you suspect that your child has ASD, or if you have concerns that your child may be Neurodivergent but you are unsure of the condition, here is a simple ASD behaviour trait checker to begin with.
In situations where uncertainty persists on all the symptoms your child might be encountering, continue reading further as we provide a more comprehensive explanation of the ASD syndrome and its characteristics.
Upon completing the checklist and if your child demonstrates a more significant number of symptoms identified by the ASD behavior trait checker, it is advisable to seek an official diagnosis from a medical specialist.
While awaiting an official diagnosis, we offer some suggestions to assist you in better supporting your child.
What is Autistic Syndrome Disorder (ASD)?
ASD is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects behaviour, communication, and social interaction. It can be difficult to identify the signs of ASD in a child since they vary from person to person and can appear differently in different situations. There are several signs that may indicate your child has ASD.
What are the characteristics of ASD?
The National Institutes of Mental Health has created a list of behaviour traits that are often seen in autism. It’s important to bear in mind that none of these behaviours on their own is likely to indicate autism. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder, which means that a child must display many of these behaviours in order to qualify for a diagnosis.
Behaviour trait checker for children under three years old:
If your child is under three years old and shows more symptoms in this list, it’s likely to have ASD syndrome. In that case, it’s best to seek an official diagnosis from a medical specialist and confirm the condition.
- No babbling or pointing by age one;
- No single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by the age of two;
- No response to their name;
- Loss of language or social skills;
- Poor eye contact;
- Excessive lining up of toys or objects;
- No smiling or social responsiveness;
- Unusually over-or-under responsiveness to sensory input such as touch, smell, taste, noise.
Behaviour trait checker for children over three years old:
If your child is over three years old and is showing most of the symptoms mentioned below, before making any further efforts, it’s advisable to seek an official diagnosis from a medical specialist.
- Not responding to their name;
- Avoiding eye contact;
- Not smiling when you smile at them;
- Repetitive movements and behaviours, such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers or rocking their body;
- Not talking as much as other children;
- Repeating the same phrases;
- Difficulty transitioning from one situation to the next;
- Rigidity in thinking, extreme anxiety if unplanned changes to routine or scheduled activities;
- Needing to understand what is happening next all the time;
- Preoccupation with certain topics;
- Difficulty with social interactions, such as not understanding social cues, or having difficulty forming friendships with peers;
- Sensory sensitivities, such as an aversion to loud noises, certain smells and textures, such as “scratchy labels” in clothes;
- Difficulty with motor skills, such as difficulty with handwriting;
- Absence or impairment of imaginative and social play, difficulty imitating or playing roles of others.