Do Babies With Autism Cry Less?

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Do babies with autism cry differently?

Researchers have shown that as early as the first months of age babies who are later diagnosed with autism produce a different pattern of cry than those with other types of developmental disabilities and typically developing infants.

Why does my autistic child cry so much?

Autistic children aren't crying, wailing, or flailing to get at us somehow. They're crying because it's what their bodies need to do in that moment to release tension and emotion from feeling overwhelmed with emotions or sensory stimulations.

Are autistic babies sad?

By 5-7 years, many autistic children can recognise happy and sad, but they have a harder time with subtle expressions of fear and anger.

This isn't true – children with autism can and do show affection. But this expression may differ from other children because of unusual responses to sensory stimuli. Children with autism may be oversensitive to touch or hugs, for instance, but may have a high threshold for pain.

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