Infants:

 

  • Arches back when held or pulls away

  • Overly sensitive to sound

  • Overly sensitive to light

  • Frightened or cries when moved quickly

  • Becomes upset in a baby swing

  • Car rides are not calming

  • Feeding problems

  • Fussy

  • Lack of intense eye contact at 4-10 months, and lack of rich interest in socializing

  • Uneven or asymmetrical crawling pattern

  • Floppy 

  • History of adoption if infant/child is post institutionalized, neglected, or abused

  • Alcohol use by biological mother during pregnancy


Toddlers:

  • More active than a typically active toddler

  • Difficulty with sleep patterns

  • Aggressive

  • Does not adjust posture to you when picked up and/or feels heavier than expected

  • Sits with legs out to sides in a "W" position

  • Fights having clothing or diaper changed (more than a typical toddler)

  • Dislikes lying on back or tilting head back to have hair rinsed

  • Does not enjoy bathing

  • Has difficulty playing with toys

  • Avoids or has decreased eye contact

  • Does not reference where you are pointing

  • Does not imitate waving bye, bye, so-big, or clapping

  • Lacks simple early pretend skills such as talking on a play cell phone

  • Has difficulty chewing, gagging, or pocketing of food

  • Does not enjoy cuddling

  • Easily startled 

  • Delayed speech

  • Difficulty shifting focus from one activity to another

  • Delayed development of motor skills


Pre-School:

  • Biting, hitting, or expulsion from pre-school or child care

  • Overly sensitive or overly reactive to touch, noise, smell, etc.

  • Difficulty or avoidance of leaning to do fasteners, cut with scissors, do art/craft projects

  • Does not have a mature pencil grip

  • Intense or has difficulty modulating behavior

  • Problem feeder (less than 20 foods)

  • Mouths objects

  • Constant touching of objects or people

  • Has problems with sitting and listening to a children's book being read

  • In constant motion

  • Clumsy or uncoordinated

  • Has problems making friends

  • Problems with transitions

  • Speech is hard to understand

  • Difficulty understanding verbal directions if not part of typical routine/unfamiliar environment

  • Delayed in toilet training

  • Difficulty with tolerating self-care such as haircuts, nail cutting, teeth brushing, bathing, etc.


School Age:
 

  • Overly sensitive to stimulation or does not like noise, sound, smells, etc.

  • Distracted in the classroom or restless, out of seat

  • Overwhelmed in the playground

  • Slow to complete tasks in school and/or home

  • Difficulty with or avoids handwriting

  • Clumsy and/or slouches in chair

  • Slow to learn new activities

  • In constant motion

  • Sedentary

  • Avoids gross motor activity most children find pleasurable (climbing, swinging, etc.)

  • Craves rough housing, wrestling or tackling games

  • Able to hold behavior together in school, but has outbursts when he/she comes home

  • Has problems with making or keeping friends

  • Gets stuck on tasks and has difficulty moving to a new task

  • Cannot seem to organize supplies and materials

  • Does not seem to know how to get started on tasks

  • Confuses similar sounding words, misinterprets questions or requests

  • Stumbles over words, speech lacks fluency, rhythm is hesitant or pitch of voice is unusual

  • Easily frustrated

  • Noise making behavior

  • Problems with school performance such as reading, math


Adolescent/Adult:

 

  • Difficulty with adaptability to change

  • Difficulty remaining focused in a meeting or class (should be able to do a full day with breaks)

  • Sensitive to touch of clothing, own hair, grooming, or others touch

  • Sensitive/irritable to noise

  • Fearful of driving over bridges or around curves in a road, panic attacks

  • Difficulty following a conversation or extra clarification needed for verbal directions

  • Difficulty expressing self clearly 

  • Uses too much force

  • Difficulty remaining focused on work

  • Difficulty learning new motor tasks, sequencing 

  • Needs physical activity to maintain focus throughout the day

  • Difficulty reading

  • Bumping into objects or others, bruises which cannot be recalled how they occurred 

  • Speech lacks fluency, stumbles over words

  • Difficulty with losing objects

  • Organizing is difficult, or obsessively organized to make up for organization problems

Possible Symptoms

A Non-exhaustive List