Dr. Volkmar describes common symptoms associated with autism.
The symptoms of autism are interestingly pretty similar in men and women, boys and girls, although there are some suggestion of differences in severity of presentation, which probably relates to some of the genetic issues in autism, but there are always problems in social interaction. Those problems, the autism part of autism, is sort of the hallmark of the condition.
Usually, there are some very significant problems in communication. These can take the form of real literal problems in terms of talking, but they can also be more general problems in communication, and then this group of sort of odd behaviors: troubles with change, rigidity, some of the unusual mannerisms and motor movements.
About Dr. Volkmar, M.D.:
Fred Volkmar, M.D. is the director of the Yale University Child Study Center and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at Yale University, where he heads the university's autism research and autism clinic. He is also Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental nature of autism and developing better guidelines to diagnose autism and related conditions.