Autism Online Screener

While symptoms vary widely among children with autism, there are many common signs that may indicate your child has an increased risk for autism or another developmental disorder. By answering the following questions YES or NO, you’ll have some indication of whether your child should be evaluated by a specialist.

  1. Does your child respond to his/her name?
  2. Does your child look you in the eye for more than a second or two?
  3. Does your child enjoy being held or touched?
  4. Does your child prefer to play alone rather than with other children?
  5. Does your child understand what people say?
  6. Does your child smile in response to your smile?
  7. Does your child imitate you?
  8. Does your child seem overly sensitive to noise?
  9. Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek?
  10. Does your child ever bring objects over to you to show you something?
  11. Does your child play properly with toys?
  12. Does your child ever use an index finger to point or ask for something?
  13. Does your child look at things you are looking at?
  14. Does your child sometimes stare vacantly into space?
  15. Does your child have trouble following directions?
  16. Does your child have delayed language or speech?
  17. Have you ever wondered if your child is deaf?
  18. Does your child have odd movement patterns?
  19. Is your child hyperactive, uncooperative, or prone to tantrums?
  20. Does your child display an unusual attachment to toys, objects, or schedules?
  21. Can your child explain what he/she wants?
  22. Does your child wave “bye-bye”?
  23. Does your child walk normally?
  24. Does your child spend a lot of time lining things up or putting them in a certain order?
  25. Has your child stopped babbling or saying words he/she formerly used?

Remember, this is just a general guideline toward determining whether there is a possibility your child has autism. Inappropriate “yes” or “no” answers to any of the above questions may simply indicate slower development rather than a disorder. Please speak with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.