Signs Your Child May Be On the Spectrum

Every parent wants the best for their child, from the best education to the best health. Thus, if you suspect your child may be on the spectrum, it can be a worrisome thought. SkyCare ABA offers ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Below, learn some signs that your child may be on the spectrum. Contact one of our clinics today!

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Consistent Delay in Milestone

There are certain milestones in your child’s development that should be reached by around a certain age. Sure, every child is different and may reach these at different times; however, a consistent delay in numerous milestones can be a sign your child is on the spectrum. Some of these include not speaking by 16 months of age, not smiling by six months, and not pointing or waving by 12 months.

child avoiding eye contact

Social Awkwardness 

Most parents are aware that autism is characterized by social awkwardness. It’s good to be aware of any of these signs in your child at an early age:

  • Avoids eye contact
  • Prefers to play alone
  • Does not like to be hugged
  • Ignores you when you call their name

child trying to speak

Communication Problems

Communication problems or slow development of language skills is another classic sign of ASD. You should consider having your child evaluated for autism spectrum disorder if you notice that your child has difficulty communicating their wants and desires, they repeat words, they have no expression when they speak, and they cannot understand others’ emotions in a conversation.

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Repetitive Patterns Of Behavior

Repetitive patterns of behavior are not common for children developing normally. Some signs to watch out for that may indicate your child could be on the spectrum include:

  • Repetitive rocking, spinning, or hand flapping
  • Head banging or other activities that could harm them
  • Temper tantrums when routine is broken
  • Abnormal incoordination for the child’s age
  • Fixates on objects


If you believe your child may be on the spectrum, SkyCare ABA can help. We offer ABA therapy at our autism clinics in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, and Ohio. Contact us today!