(HealthDay News) -- Autism is a disorder that affects the social behaviors of a child, including the way he speaks, communicates, thinks and acts around others.
While autism can manifest itself in many different ways, autistic children share common traits. Here's a list of typical behaviors, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:
- Difficulty communicating -- including developmentally delayed speech, repetition of words, or speaking in a monotone voice that lacks inflection or rhythm.
- Poor social skills, or difficulty interacting with others.
- Repetitive speech, behavior, or interests.
- Unusual actions, like flapping the hands or spinning.