Autism & Signs of Autism in your child
Domlur, Bengaluru Mar 8, 2017
Def: Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non – verbal communication and by restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behavior
In children there is a set of developmental disorders known as “Pervasive Developmental Disorders”.
The 4 disorders identified under “Pervasive Developmental Disorders” are:
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Rett’s Syndrome
- Childhood disintegrative disorder aka Heller’s disease
A child begins to show symptoms as early as 1 year old.
Watch out for the below signs of Autism in your child:
- There is no normal developmental period.
- Males are more commonly affected than females.
- Diagnosis is made when the children are less than 3 years of age.
- Abnormal linguistic development.
- Avoids others. Minimal eye contact.
- No separation anxiety.
- Poor speech or lack of speech
- Over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to touch
- Avoids nurturing.
- Aggressive behave and may hurt himself
- Apparent insensitivity to pain)
- Difficulty in sharing problems.
- Stereotypic behavior – prefers to eat the same food everyday and wear the same clothes everyday.
- Spins Objects or himself. Stares at a clock for hours listlessly.
- Prefers toys to humans.
- Pronoun reversal.
- Learning curve is not defined. May learn things faster than other children, although they are known to have a short attention span.
Early intervention: Children with autism who received early intervention tend to have better brain function, communication skills and overall social behavior compared to autistic children with no early intervention, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder (November 2012 issue).
April 2nd is celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day