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Educate Yourself About Autism

There are many misconceptions that seem to be floating around about autism. Many places claim false reasons for causing autism in children. It’s important to actually educate yourself about Autism so that all of the misinformation out there can’t

The first thing people need to realize is that autism isn’t a single thing. It’s actually several disorders which act in a similar manner. This most often displays itself during childhood because much of it interferes with the standard development of a child’s development. Typically, versions of autism will affect a child’s ability to communicate both verbally or non verbally. Versions may also affect their ability to adapt to different behaviors or thinking processes. Finally, some versions of autism will have children struggle with their ability to relate to other people or to the world itself around them.

The Big Signs of Autism

When it comes to autism, nearly every doctor knows that the most important thing for a child is to determine and diagnose the disorder early. By doing so, treatment can be designed to assist the child and minimize the impact. Parents are the most likely to see the signs of autism because of just how much time they spend with their children. The main signs people need to look out for are:

  • Lack of Eye Contact - A baby or toddler that displays some symptoms of autism will often be uncomfortable with eye contact from a very early age.
  • Doesn’t Gesture - Many babies love to use hand motions to help them communicate. They love to wave hello and goodbye. Those with autism will often not do such a thing.
  • Won’t Respond to Their Name - Typically within 12 months, a child will usually respond to their name. If it isn’t, that’s potentially a sign.
  • Silence - Children make noises. Whether they are words or not, typically they will share noises and sounds early on. Those with autism tend to avoid these and are often very quiet.
  • Does Not Want to Cuddle - Young babies typically want to be held and cuddled. If they aren’t trying to do so, that’s often a pretty clear sign.
  • Ignoring Other People - While babies can’t really do anything to assist someone who has hurt themself, they do notice it and will be curious. Babies with autism may ignore those scenarios or even ignore attempts to play with other children or their parents.

These symptoms all related to young children in their first two years of development. It’s important to note that the symptoms can show up later in childhood as well. These symptoms tend to be different and more diverse. Stunted speech issues and trouble integrating socially should be signs that something is potentially amiss.

What Should You Do If You Think Your Child Has Autism

The first step any parent should do when it comes to autism is check with their doctor. Developmental screenings are incredibly common and are often recommended even when there’s been no red flags for the child.

Specialized autism screenings have been developed which will assist in helping determine the potential of a child having autism. Often it’s just a checklist of symptoms. However, form there, it’s possible to see developmental specialists. They will perform more in depth tests to try to determine the depth of the symptoms.

Form there, doctors will make recommendations. The thing is, it’s not always autism! Some children just develop slower than others. Because of this, many doctors refuse to make a determination until a child reaches 2 ½ years of age. At that point there’s enough data to help make a diagnosis. Parents need to avoid panicking when there are signs early and show some patience.

If it turns out that it’s Autism, there will be plenty of services to assist with treatment. Early intervention plans are in place to help children with autism start adapting early. It’s proven that early assistance is one of the keys to helping children thrive as they grow.

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