Five Rituals Of Possible Autism

Parents may notice the first signs of possible autism when a child shows ritual types of behaviors. Here are five rituals parents may take note of as they observe their children.

Over Focused on Grouping Objects

Even though young children are encouraged to sort and put objects in groups for categorization, children with autism signs tend to make a ritual out of grouping objects together as they become over focused on a particular toy or types of toys. These children do not want anyone else to mess up or disturb the objects that have been carefully put in a group. A child may show anxious behavior when a particular toy or object in a group is slightly moved or altered.

Overly Possessive of Toys or Objects

Young children can become so possessive of household objects that no one else can touch or bother those objects without an outburst from the child. autism and toy cars told me their child lined up wooden spoons and the child became so possessive of the wooden spoons that no one else in the house could touch those wooden spoons.

Restricted Interest in One Type of Toy or Object

Parents quickly notice when a child has a variety of toys, but shows a restricted interest in only one toy or object. This is different than showing a preference for a toy, but then playing with a variety of toys. When a child is so restricted in his or her interest of a toy object there seems to be an abnormal preoccupation of the toy and rituals often start to develop in the child’s play practices.

Overly Interested in the Order of Toys or Objects

Parents will really notice that a child can have a very ritualistic and precise order of play with toys or objects. It may start out with lining up toy cars, however some children (with or without autism) may line up cars. Sometimes children will line up toys or objects without using objects for their intended purposes. A child with possible autism concerns may line up crayons neatly side by side or take all of the wrappers off all of the crayons while lining them in a pattern, but never actually pick up crayons to color or draw a picture.

Inflexibility to Change

A child may show ritualistic signs of possible autism by being inflexible to any change or disruption of an item, group of objects or even a movement pattern of an object that is repeated. If the object or pattern of movement is interrupted that child may show tantrum behavior, become distraught or upset from the change.

In summary, ritual types of behavior will vary in children. A child may be doing a ritual like or repetitive behavior to communicate a need (that people around him or her do not understand). Children will vary in the type of ritual that stresses one child and may not bother another child. In the same way, a ritual may calm or provide comfort for one child and not be of interest to another child.