Signs of autism in children

Autism in young children

Signs of autism in young children include:

Autism in older children

Signs of autism in older children include:

Autism in girls and boys

Autism can sometimes be different in girls and boys.

Autistic girls may:

This means autism can be harder to spot in girls.

The National Autistic Society has more information about autistic women and girls.

Non-urgent advice: Get advice if:

  • you think your child might be autistic

You could speak to:

  • a GP
  • a health visitor (for children under 5)
  • any other health professional your child sees, such as another doctor or therapist
  • special educational needs (SENCO) staff at your child's school

Getting diagnosed can help your child get any extra support they might need.

Find out how to get diagnosed