You observe your children lining up toys. Cars, trucks, bottles, blocks are lined up. Sometimes there are car noises.

Some children can play like this for hours. What does this mean? For some, children lining up cars and objects is their preferred way of playing. For some, it is the only way they know how to play.

A Google search will have some parents convinced that their child is on the autistic spectrum. However, one symptom does not make a child autistic. Are there other behaviors that are repetitive or ritualistic?

Here is a list of behaviors that may want a parent or caregiver to seek the appropriate referral to evaluate for Autistic Spectrum Disorder:

  • walks on tiptoes
  • opens and closes door in a repetitive manner
  • turns light switches on and off in repetitive manner
  • becomes upset when order of toys is disturbed
  • replaces toy/objects after it has been moved out of place
  • flaps hands, arms
  • repetitive finger, hand, wrist and arm movements
  • spins self around
  • runs laps around tables, couch, family members
  • looks at objects out of the corner of their eyes
  • plays with shadows
  • poor and fleeting use of eye contact
  • averts eye gaze when someone gets too close or when hugged
  • ignores others
  • does not point to request or show objects
  • places body into tight spaces
  • extremely picky eater
  • delayed speech and language

Every child is different!

Yes, some children may be going through a phase where they exhibit one or some of the aforementioned behaviors. If the phase persists, then seek help from a qualified healthcare professional like a behavioral specialist, speech-language pathologist or an occupational therapist.

If you are in denial, seek out information. Ultimately, do what is best for your child. For children under 3 years of age, contact Early Intervention. For children older than 3 years old, then contact your local school district department of special education. Ask your pediatrician for a referral.

How naturopathic doctors can help

Seek out a Naturopathic Doctor. They can answer questions about diet, nutrition, supplements and homeopathic remedies to assist your child’s body and begin a process of healing. Naturopathic doctors approach ASD and similar behaviors from a holistic perspective, creating the conditions for health in your child.

Do you want to learn more about naturopathic approaches? Give me a call today.