Previously, you may have heard of the diagnoses Asperger's Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Autistic Disorder. These grouping of symptoms are now all part of Autism Spectrum Disorder because of their similarities. 

There are some genetic disorders that are discovered in the first two years of a child's life that may mimic symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These disorders are rare but do occur. They are not felt to be part of ASD. Be sure to see your physician if you are concerned about genetic disorders.​

Children with ASD might:

  • Not point at objects to show interest or look at them when others point.
  • Avoid eye contact, not interact with others, and have difficulty relating to other people. 
  • Have difficulty understanding theirs and other's emotions.
  • Have difficulty with touch and prefer to be alone.
  • May have repetitive speech or behaviors.
  • Not do well with a change in their routine.
  • Lose skills they once had (for example, stop saying words they were using).