• Very little or no eye contact/indirect eye contact.

  • Resistance to being held or touched.

  • Tends to get too close when speaking to someone (lack of personal space).

  • Responds to social interactions, but does not initiate them

  • Does not generally share observations or experiences with others.

  • Difficulty understanding jokes, figures of speech or sarcasm.

  • Difficulty reading facial expressions and body language.

  • Difficulty understanding the rules of conversation.

  • Difficulty understanding group interactions.

  • Aversion to answering questions about themselves.

  • Gives spontaneous comments which seem to have no connection to the current conversation.

  • Makes honest, but inappropriate observations.

  • Seems unable to understand another’s feelings.

  • Prefers to be alone, aloof or overly-friendly.

  • Difficulty maintaining friendships.

  • Finds it easier to socialize with people that are older or younger, rather than peers of their own age.

  • Unaware of/disinterested in what is going on around them.

  • Talks excessively about one or two topics (dinosaurs, movies, etc.).

  • Overly trusting or unable to read the motives behinds peoples’ actions.

  • Minimal acknowledgement of others.

  • Abnormal use of pitch, intonation, rhythm or stress while speaking.

  • Speech is abnormally loud or quiet.

  • Difficulty whispering.

  • Repeats last words or phrases several times.  Makes verbal

  • sounds while listening (echolalia).

  • Often uses short, incomplete sentences.

  • Pronouns are often inappropriately used. 

  • May have a very high vocabulary.

  • Uses a person’s name excessively when speaking to them

  • (“Mary, we are having lunch. Right, Mary?”).

  • Speech started very early and then stopped for a period of time.

  • Difficulty understanding directional terms (front, back, before, after).


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  • Walks on toes.

  • Unusual gait.

  • Difficulty changing from one floor surface to another (carpet to wood, sidewalk to grass).

  • Odd or unnatural posture (rigid or floppy).

  • Difficulty moving through a space (bumps into objects or people).

  • Walks without swinging arms freely.

  • Incontinence of bowel and/or bladder.

  • Constipation.

  • Frequent gas (flatulence, burping) or throwing up.

  • Appearance of hearing problems, but hearing has been checked and is fine.

  • Seizure activity.

  • Allergies and food sensitivities.

  • Irregular sleep patterns.

  • Apparent lack of concern for personal hygiene (hair, teeth, body odors).

Social Skills:

Many parents wonder if their child is Autistic and are looking for an answer.


  • Exceptionally high skills in some areas and very low in others.

  • Excellent rote memory in some areas.

  • Difficulty with reading comprehension (can quote an answer, but unable to predict, summarize or find symbolism).

  • Difficulty with fine motor activities (coloring, printing, scissors, gluing).

  • Short attention span for most lessons.

  • Resistance or inability to follow directions.

  • Difficulty transitioning from one activity to another in school.

Emotions or Sensitivities:

School-related skills:

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  • Obsessions with objects, ideas or desires.

  • Ritualistic or compulsive behaviour patterns (sniffing, licking, watching objects fall, flapping arms, spinning, rocking, humming, tapping, sucking, rubbing clothes).

  • Fascination with rotation.

  • Play is often repetitive.

  • Many and varied collections.

  • Unusual attachment to objects.

  • Quotes movies or video games.

  • Difficulty transferring skills from one area to another.

  • Perfectionism in certain areas.

  • Frustration is expressed in unusual ways.

  • Feels the need to fix or rearrange things.

  • Transitioning from one activity to another is difficult.

  • Difficulty attending to some tasks.

  • Gross motor skills are developmentally behind peers (riding a bike, skating, running).

  • Fine motor skills are developmentally behind peers (handwriting, tying shoes, scissors).

  • Inability to perceive potentially dangerous situations.

  • Extreme fear (phobia) for no apparent reason.

  • Verbal outbursts.

  • Unexpected movements (running out into the street).

  • Difficulty sensing time (knowing how long ten minutes is or three days or a week).

  • Difficulty waiting for their turn (such as in a line).

  • Causes injury to self (biting, banging head).

Although, we do not provide diagnostic services, we can provide parents with a list of characteristics of Autism. Most people display a few of these characteristics, but when there are many, or those that are present cause significant problems, we would consider that person to be a candidate for our program. 

  • Sensitivity or lack of sensitivity to sounds, textures (touch), tastes, smells or light.

  • Difficulty with loud or sudden sounds.

  • Unusually high or low pain tolerance.

  • Intolerance to certain food textures, colors or the way they are presented on the plate (one food can’t touch another).

  • Inappropriate touching of self in public situations.

  • Desires comfort items (blankets, teddy, rock, string).

  • Laughs, cries or throws a tantrum for no apparent reason.

  • Resists change in the environment (people, places, objects).

  • An emotional incident can determine the mood for the day - emotions can pass very suddenly or are drawn out for a long period of time.

  • Becomes overwhelmed with too much verbal direction.

  • Tends to either tune out or break down when being reprimanded.

  • Calmed by external stimulation - soothing sound, brushing, rotating object, constant pressure (hammock, rolled in a blanket).

  • May need to be left alone to release tension and frustration.

The Characteristics of Autism:


Autism Solutions of California is now operating from Tooele, Utah. However, we are able to travel to provide programs.
email: californiaautism@gmail.com  Phone 1 (650) 219-6497

We also provide services for Dyslexia, ADHD and Math, please see our website at  www.davisdyslexia.com​