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Dealing With Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is autism spectrum disorder?

One of the most common disabilities found in children is autism spectrum disorder or ASD.  According to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which limits the capacity of people to participate in social communication or interaction. These are some of the characteristics that you can notice from individuals who are suffering from this illness:

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Helping Your Child With Autism Thrive

 

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You’ve recently learned that your child has or might have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism. And you might have been told that it is an incurable and lifelong condition. At this point, you are probably wondering, worrying, and frightened what to do next, who are the right people to talk to, and of course – how you and your child can deal with this circumstance. However, the good thing is YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many parents like you have had to deal with this situation in their lives.

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How to Choose the Best Therapist for your Autistic Child

 

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Dealing with a child with autism is no easy task. There are many different characteristics an individual child may have and as such needs the proper care for their specific needs. One sure way of helping an autistic child is by having your child go through therapy. As there is no medication that is said to cure autism, therapy helps the child cope with the outside world and help them live as normal of a life as possible.

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Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism

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Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are the general terms that refer to a group of brain development disorders, which include:

  • Asperger’s
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Autistic disorder
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder

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Autism And The WHO

“For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, the ability to make and keep friends is a must. Amongst those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society need to create for them,” Bill Wong, Autistic Occupational Therapist

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World Health Organization (WHO) and ASD’s

Reports issued by the WHO estimated that globally, one in every 160 people has an ASD. Worldwide, people with Autism Spectrum Disorders still represent an exposed group of which, a percentage remains exposed to discrimination, stigma, and other human rights offenses such equal rights to the public. Proper evaluation, early detection, and diagnosis, together with a suitable treatment plan can reduce the obstacles, difficulties, and challenges presented by ASD’s and can have a positive impact on the overall well-being and quality of life for those with ASD and their caregivers.

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Understanding The Signs And Symptoms Of ASD

 

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Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term under which a number of neurological developmental disorders are classed. These disorders are commonly characterized by:

  • Impairments to social and cognitive skills
  • Difficulty in communicating
  • Repetitive movement behavior

The characteristics of these disorders vary from one person to another, as well as the severity of the disorder which can range from mild to severe. The list below that indicates early signs, is based on cumulative data put together in a detailed list for information purposes, but we urge the reader to remember, people with ASD’s could present with a one or a few of the early signs:

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Why Is Treatment For Autism Important?

 

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Treating Autism is not about changing who the person is, treatment is also not about curing Autism. It is about giving those with these disorders power and skills to manage the challenges that Autism present to them. Being different does not make you any less normal but what does, is the stigma of what is considered normal by society’s standards that pose one of the biggest challenges to adapting to life with Autism. Most importantly, Autism treatment is not an ONE SIZE FITS ALL scenario. Each and every person with an ASD’s has needs and their treatment plan must be no different. Treatment can take educational approaches, teaching the person skills and giving them self-help tools to improve their quality of life and give them a fair opportunity at independence.

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Autism In Adults

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The Core Symptoms

Although the symptoms and severity vary among people with ASD’s, all people with developmental disorders will present some of the core symptoms in communication and social skills. For example, the challenges they face in developing non-verbal communication skills such as making eye contact, and as most of the core challenges of ASD’s are the core of most basic adult behavior, people with adult ADS’s can find the challenges they face with Autism even more daunting.

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The Life Of A Parent With An Autistic Child

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There have been many studies regarding the causes and factors that make up the presentation of autism. The end result was always that autism is a progressive disorder that in and of itself is not curable. We are often touched and empathetic about autistic kids and adolescents – how they look with their various disabilities, their unpredictable moods and behaviors, and their smiles and laughter despite their disorder. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to be their parent?  What is a day in the life of an autistic child’s parent? Let us first understand autism – its underlying signs, symptoms, the disorder process as a whole, and how it makes or breaks the life of parents with autistic children. It is important to understand autism as it is more complex than one thinks. For example, a new study in Sweden suggests that people with autism who have average or above-average intelligence quotients (IQs) are more than twice as likely to become addicted to alcohol or other drugs as their peers are.* It is thus important to know where to get help for addiction in such cases.  (more…)