Some behaviors may be cause for concern, or they may just be part of the child’s temperament or personality, so observe these behaviors with that in mind:

  • By six months, avoids being held or talked to; Resists being soothed or comforted.

  • Does not pay attention or stay focused on an activity for as long as other children of the same age.

  • Avoids or rarely makes eye contact with others.

  • Gets unusually frustrated when trying to do simple tasks that most children of the same age can do.

  • Often acts out or appears to be very stubborn or aggressive.

  • Acts extremely shy or withdrawn.

  • Does not like being touched.

  • Does not like having certain types of material or clothing next to body.

  • Treats other children, animals or objects cruelly or destructively. 

  • Tends to break things frequently.

  • Displays violent behaviour such as excessive tantrums, fighting, or hitting other children regularly.

  • Stares into space, rocks body, or talks to self more often than other children of the same age.

  • Often bangs head against an object, floor or wall.

  • Does not recognize dangerous situations, such as walking in traffic or jumping from high places.

  • Tends to be sick often or complains of headaches or stomach-aches.

  • Has problems sleeping, eating, or toileting.

  • Is overly impulsive, active, or distracted.

  • Does not respond to discipline as well as other children of the same age; Has difficulty putting thoughts, actions, and movements together.

  • Does not seek approval from parent or caregiver.


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