Parenting

Symptoms of Autism

Autism is common in young children and can often first bee seen at 3 years of age. There are many symptoms of autism which are different autistic children. The symptoms are of three types: social and communicational skill symptoms, sensory and motor nerve symptoms, and symptoms with repeated behavior.

Social and communication skill symptoms

Autism is often suspected with a child or an adult because of lack of or stereotyped dissimilarities in social and communication skills. Examples for some of the differences include:

  • Flat or high pitched intonation
  • Lack of kidspeak or informal speech
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Repeats phrases or words over and over
  • Lack of gestures
  • Doesn’t pretend while playing
  • Prefers to be alone and to play alone
  • interacts only to reach a desire goal
  • Unusual or delayed speech patterns
  • Inability to imagine themselves in other’s shoes

There are many autistic people who don’t have language at all, but some may have the terrific language skills. In between them, there are some who have verbal skills which are idiosyncratic; they may be able to talk perfectly but may have difficulty with conversation, slang, and small talk.

Sensory and motor nerve symptoms

Most autistic children are either hypo or hyper sensitive to sounds, crowds, light, and other extrinsic stimulations. Some of them may have both hypo and hyper sensitivities. Thus, they may react differently, on one side crashing hard into the sofas and craving bear hugs or on the other side covering their ears or reacting negatively to bright and illuminated areas.

Symptoms with repeated behavior

Every autistic person or child shows different behavior. Some of the examples are:

  • Performs repetitive movements (rocking, hand-flapping, or spinning)
  • Develops specific routines
  • Moves constantly
  • Unusually sensitive to sound, touch, and light but oblivious to pain

Young kids with autism don’t want to share their experiences with others. They may be unlikely to point out the pictures in a book. As they grow, some autistic children get more engaged with some member in their family and show less marked behavior disturbances. If the condition is less severe, then they may lead near-normal lives. But if the condition is difficult and becomes severe, then they may show worsening behavior problems.

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