5 Key Signs Of Autism In Children

5 Key Signs Of Autism In Children

Autism Awareness Day

Did you know that only 26% of autistic pupils feel happy at school?

To honour Autism Awareness Day we are helping you understand 5 key signs of autism in children.

No child should have to feel unhappy at school.

It’s important that teachers, carers, and parents understand what to look for in distinguishing whether a child has autism.

Eye Contact Avoidance

Some children who have autism may find it difficult to make or maintain eye contact during conversations.

For children with autism, making eye contact can be stressful and it can be harder for them to focus on the conversations they’re having.

If a child is struggling to make eye contact, you can support them through:

  • Keeping your distance during your conversation
  • Asking them to politely nod or state ‘yes’ to show they understand and are engaged with the conversation

Repetitive Movements & Phrases

Do you know of a young or older child who repeatedly flaps their hands, rocks their bodies, or uses the same phrases?

These actions can all be identified as signs of autism.

Some children with autism will use repetitive behaviour to cope with stress and anxiety, or to block out noise.

If you notice a child is repeating movements or phrases, you can help them by:

  • Managing their anxiety with relaxation techniques
  • Creating a structured routine with them

Heightened Emotions

Some children with autism will experience heightened emotions.

They may find it difficult to express how they’re feeling in certain situations.

It’s important that we help children recognise, understand, and manage their emotions.

If you notice a child is struggling with their emotions, you can support them by:

  • Asking them to draw how they’re feeling
  • Highlighting your own emotions for them to see

Limited Speech

Have you noticed your child or pupil is not speaking as much as other children?

Limited speech can be a sign of autism in children.

Some children with autism may struggle with speaking, so it’s important that we help them and encourage language development.

If a child is struggling with their speaking abilities, you can help them through:

  • Encouraging social interaction with others
  • Simplifying your own language and words when speaking to them

Intense Interests

Some children who have autism may have a keen interest in certain subjects or activities.

For most children with autism, having a deep appreciation for a subject or activity helps keep them happy and content.

For autistic children, their interests can also help them:

  • Keep a structured routine
  • Feel more confident and calmer in social situations


The signs we’ve discussed today can be seen in both young and older children.

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Let’s work towards creating a world in which autistic individuals are supported, championed, and celebrated.