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

Page last reviewed: 11 November 2022
Next review due: 11 November 2025