Eskridge Psychological Associates, PLLC

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Clinical Psychologist

For additional information about the early warning signs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder or to screen your infant/toddler (between 16 and 30 months of age) for an ASD, click here to be directed to the Autism Speaks website, where you can complete a scientifically validated instrument for autism screening.

Red Flags for Autism

The following characteristics are red flags for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. If your child demonstrates any of the following, consider evaluation.

  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by 9 months
  • No babbling by 12 months or no response to name
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Poor imitation of others' behaviors
  • Diminished/poor eye contact
  • Repetitive movements (e.g., body rocking, hand flapping, body tensing)
  • Flat/inappropriate facial expressions
  • Repetitive language (e.g., echolalia, repetitive questioning)
  • Obsessive interests
  • Lining toys, repetitive play, limited pretend play
  • Unusual reactions to the way things sounds, feel, taste or smell
  • Self-injury
  • Upset with change in routine, setting non-functional routines