What is Autism? Officially it’s called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Hence the name of this blog. Acronym upon acronym, take your pick out of the soup bowl.
It is a spectrum disorder including a wide group of disorders. Autism is a developmental disability that affects their communication with the world. Every person with ASD is different and it can be moderate to severe.
Signs of Autism:
- Usually signs occur around 3 years of age.
- Note: Every child is different and some symptoms may or may not appear.
- Language: Usually delayed Speech or non-verbal
- Lack of social interaction and communication. It is difficult for them to make friends and prefer to be isolated, alone or withdrawn.
- Narrow interests in activities and playing. Obsessed with one object or idea.
- No eye contact and at times will not respond to their name. This is sometimes the child may have appear to have hearing loss, but they test normal.
- Behaviors such as hand flapping, pacing, body rocking, self-stimulation
- Very resistant to change in routine.
- Sensory issues: May be sensitive to light, sound, and touch.
- They will sometimes lack empathy. They have a difficult time understanding and interpreting someone else’s feelings or emotions. Sometimes you will see a child with Autism laughing at something that may not be funny to us. But they are unable to pick up on cues that are verbal and think in literal terms.