Autism Facts

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:


Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism



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


Understanding The Signs And Symptoms Of ASD



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:


Autism In Adults



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.


Signs And Symptoms Of Autism




Autism comes in many forms and while it can develop at a fairly early age, it sometimes comes later. It’s quite an unusual condition despite it being a common one. This can affect two people very differently and that is why autism is still greatly confusing. Yes, you might think autism is the same in everyone but in truth, it’s not. Some people can live quite an average life while, unfortunately, some others are unable to do so and require care throughout their adult lives. However, what symptoms should you be looking for when it comes to spotting autism?


Early Symptoms and Signs



To be honest, children as young as one can be diagnosed with autism. It can be spotted fairly quickly with routine appointments to doctors but, of course, it isn’t always easily detected in early years. However, some symptoms or signs to watch for in a young child would be them not responding to their name. Now, children don’t always respond at first but if there is a continuous non-response when you call their name; it’s something to be concerned of. Also, loss of social skills or language can be a symptom of autism and little social response. Some children can be over responsive to noises and touch.


Problems with Speech

A lot of the time, an autistic child can have problems with their speech. For some, they are unable to make conversation with others their own age and many children cannot speak. Speech can often present some difficulties with those with autism and usually, this is easy to spot within the early years. Now, if a child has autism from a very early age then it might be they do not talk at all or don’t develop those skills. There are lots of signs there may be problems with autism and when you notice them, it’s wise to seek advice from a doctor.


How Autism Affects Different People

In truth, there are different forms of autism and while some can go through life with minor care, many need full-time care. It does vary and while that might sound strange, it happens. There are many families who find they are not sure how to cope with the condition also and it’s difficult but there is now more help and support available if you look for it. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help or even look into it as it can all help you in so many ways. There has never been a better time to get help when you’re looking after someone with autism.


Spot the Signs of Autism



Sometimes, parents don’t spot the signs of autism in their child; for some, it’s that they don’t want to admit there might be something wrong with their child and others, genuinely think it’s nothing to worry about. However, it’s important to note any changes to your child and keep a close eye on their development so that you can be sure any problem is diagnosed quickly. It can make the difference when you spot the signs early.


Growing Up Autistic

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Autism is truly one difficult condition to grow up and live with. For many youngsters, it’s something that makes having social interaction difficult. What is more, there are many who don’t like discussing their condition with their friends. Growing up autistic is full of challenges and sometimes, help is needed to overcome them. However, is it really difficult to grow up with autism in this modern world?

Attitudes Haven’t Really Changed

To be honest, there are still a lot of people who are ignorant over autism and the person behind it. Just because someone has autism, it doesn’t mean they are somehow strange or unusual; they have autism yes but that doesn’t mean they are any different from anyone else. Attitudes for the last few years simply haven’t changed quickly enough and there are still prejudices out there which are very unfortunate, to say the least. There is still a lot of trouble when it comes to being accepted but in truth, it’s because people don’t understand what the condition is. That is why more education is needed when it comes to autism. (more…)