Social Problems, Sleep Issues, Toe-Walking and More: The Autism Warning Signs You Need to Know

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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital on Aug 29, 2011 at 12:36PM

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Social Problems, Sleep Issues, Toe-Walking and More: The Autism Warning Signs You Need to Know

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Social Difficulties

Children with autism find it difficult to interact with peers and with people familiar to them. “Normally developing children may hesitate to interact with strangers, but once they develop a relationship, they interact better," says Dr. Giuliano. “Kids with autism, on the other hand, struggle with relating to most people.” Most shy children will eventually warm up to a new situation or will feel okay if someone they know helps them adjust to it. But even a familiar face won’t reassure an autistic child. “These children might be overwhelmed, feel scared or cry in situations that other kids would really enjoy, such as a park or play area where other kids are running around and having a good time,” says Dr. Giuliano.

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