Autism is a neurological disorder, meaning it’s an inborn condition that has emotional impact on the way the brain develops. It’s also known as autistic disorder or infantile autism where it’s a disorder that one is born with and will live with in your entire life. For more details visit the Autism Society
Autism is among the five general development disorders (PDDs) that are categorized as the following; Asperger’s syndrome, Rett disorder, Pervasive development disorder (PDD-NOS), Childhood disintegrative disorder and autism. In order for your child to start treatment regimen, the psychologists and therapists will use these categories to classify your child.
When a child is born with autism, it is usually not officially diagnosed till the child expresses clear outward signs, normally around age 3 or so. However, everyone is not the same and oversimplifications should be viewed carefully.
Having an early intervention is very significant as it’s been shown that early and accurate treatment and therapy allows a lot of of those with autism to learn and prosper in life by having a normal and productive life.
Symptoms of Autism
There are some of common mannerisms of autism, though every autistic person is a unique individual in his or her own ways. Some of the common traits among autistic people are:
- Problems interrelating with others, hence poor social skills
- Abnormal response to sensory issues such as light, smell, sound and touch
- Troubles with communication
- Has self-injurious or hostile behavior such as biting themselves or head banging
- Limited interests or repetitive actions
Autistic people have adequate mental health retardation while roughly a third of them have normal IQ. This means that autistic people have a higher possibility of developing epilepsy than the overall population.
Asperger’s syndrome is also referred to as high-functioning autism, and those who have it have a higher-than-average IQs and function in the same way as those who don’t have autism.
Research data shows that autistic people, both young and old may differ a little in their skills and the amount to which they reveal the symptoms of autism. A lot of them show affection and emotions where they respond to family and friends, circumstances alike to non-autistic people.
Their conditions may differ as some may be mentally retarded and nonverbal while others may be bright and possess good communication skills. Autism is described as spectrum disorder as autism differs from person to person, where the varying labels often used to clarify the degree along the “spectrum” where a person falls. These descriptions entail of having autistic tendencies, high& low functioning autism, autistic-like and being on the autism spectrum.
Irrespective of where a child fall along spectrum, they are probable to show complications with social communication such as trouble with carrying on a conversation, lack of eye contact and difficulty in taking another person’s perspective. Autism can vary greatly from person to person where some are nearly silent while others will talk your ear off, others cannot stand loud music while others do not get affected in such environments.
There are many mythologies and generalities about people with autism which are not true. Autistic people whether young or old are all unique individuals each of them portraying their own unique personalities. Some do well in school, others don’t, some are outgoing, and others are reserved, some will never hold a typical job, others will get a steady paying job and so forth. Just like any other person, you will have to spend some time with an autistic person in order to know them better.