Spotting the Early Signs of Autism?

This post is sharing some resources that the PLC came across as we gathered material to respond to a provider’s request for materials that could be shared with parents around Autism. Providers are encouraged to check out the links shared here to increase their own awareness of early signs of autism, as well as, for sharing with the appropriate families of children in their care.

These resources are from the National Autism Association (NAA).

For providers we recommend you head right to the “About Autism” section and begin your exploration at: SPOT ASD by 3

“Anyone can help S.P.O.T. autism early by remembering these four signs:

  • S. Social Differences
    Avoiding eye contact; not showing interest in other children; unusual play patterns; no pretend play
  • P. Persistent Sensory Differences
    Persistently getting upset over everyday sounds; over or under reacting to lights, smells, tastes, textures
  • O. Obsessive/Repetitive Behaviors
    Flapping hands; rocking back & forth; having obsessive interests in a particular object or activity
  • T. Talking/Communication Delays
    Little to no babbling by 12 months; not saying a single word by 16 months; may appear deaf; loss of previous verbal skills or language

download the S.P.O.T. resource sheet (shown above) for a full list of early signs


The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up™ (M-CHAT-R/F) FREE DOWNLOAD!!!

Be REDy Booklet is a free, downloadable toolkit containing resources to help caregivers prevent and respond to wandering incidents.

 First Signs, Next Steps Toolkit – toolkit for parents who are concerned about their child’s development, navigating evaluations, diagnosis and establishing services.


The Autism Society of Maine provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families in Maine.

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