Learn The Signs

Autism can look VERY different for each child. Take my kid for example. If you haven't had a chance to read The Shelf Story, give it a quick scan it will help you better understand the reason for this clothing line and my passion behind it! 

Examples related to ASD according to the CDC can include:

Social Communication and Social Interaction Characteristics

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Does not show facial expressions like happy, sad, angry, and surprised by 9 months of age
  • Uses few or no gestures by 12 months of age 
  • Does not point to show you something interesting by 18 months of age
  • Does not notice when others are hurt or upset by 24 months of age
  • Does not notice other children and join them in play by 36 months of age

Restricted or Repetitive Behaviors or Interests 

  • Lines up toys or other objects and gets upset when order is changed
  • Plays with toys the same way every time
  • Is focused on parts of objects (for example, wheels)
  • Gets upset by minor changes
  • Has obsessive interests
  • Must follow certain routines
  • Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

Other Characteristics

  • Delayed language skills, movement, cognitive or learning skills
  • Hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive behavior
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorder
  • Unusual eating and sleeping habits
  • Gastrointestinal issues (for example, constipation)
  • Unusual mood or emotional reactions
  • Anxiety, stress, or excessive worry
  • Lack of fear or more fear than expected

These are NOT all the signs of ASD. If you are wondering about your child or someone you know, ask for help, an evaluation or a second opinion if needed.