1. Health

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:

http://adam.about.net/encyclopedia/Autistic-behavior.htm

was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Autistic behavior

Definition

Autistic behavior describes behavioral patterns similar to those seen in autism.

Considerations

Autistic behavior includes:

  • Abnormal socialization (lack of need for interacting with others)
  • Abnormal speech patterns
  • Absent or poorly-developed verbal and nonverbal communication skills (inability to clearly express thoughts and needs)
  • Social withdrawal
  • Inability to make friends
  • Repetitive body movements
  • Ritualistic behavior
  • Lack of eye contact

Several infections and nervous system (neurological) diseases can produce symptoms like those of autism.

Causes

Home Care

Home care depends on the cause of the behavior. The child's safety needs must always be considered.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if your child displays autistic behavior but is not known to be autistic.

References

Johnson CP, Myers SM. American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities. Identification and evaluation of children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 2007;120:1183-1215.

Dover CJ, Le Couteur A. How to diagnose autism. Arch Dis Child. 2007;92:540-545.


Review Date: 4/25/2008
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. 1997- A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
adam.com

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.