What’s so unusual about a baby fascinated with spinning a cup, or a toddler flapping his hands, or a preschooler walking on her toes? Parents and even doctors sometimes miss these red flags for autism, but a new online video “glossary” makes them startlingly clear.
A new web site offers dozens of video clips of autistic kids contrasted with unaffected children’s behavior. Some of the side-by-side differences can make you gasp. Others are more subtle. The free site, also defines and depicts “stimming,” “echolalia” and other confusing-sounding terms that describe autistic behavior. The site, which is sponsored by Autism Speaks and First Signs, seeks to promote early diagnosis and treatment, which can help young children with autism lead more normal lives.