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When your child is diagnosed with autism, it can be a lot to take in. You may feel like you are in uncharted territory and are not sure where to turn. However, there are many resources available to help you and your child. The most important thing is to educate yourself about autism and what it means for your child. Here are some steps to get you started.
1. Educate yourself about autism
2. Seek out support from others who have been through this
3. Find professionals who can help you
4. Create a support system for yourself and your family
5. Advocate for your child
What is autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no one symptom of ASD, but common signs include:
-Delayed speech and language skills
-Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, spinning)
-Little or no eye contact
-Fixated interests in certain objects or topics
-Hyper- or hypo-reactivity to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights, or colors
-Unusual reactions to the way people interact with them
ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups and is about four times more likely to occur in boys than girls. There is no medical detection for autism, but there are treatments that can greatly improve the lives of those affected.
Causes of autism
The cause of autism is unknown. However, there are a number of theories about what may contribute to the development of autism.
Some experts believe that autism is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Studies of twins have shown that there is a strong genetic component to autism. If one identical twin has autism, the other twin has a 70% chance of also being on the autism spectrum.
Other researchers believe that certain prenatal exposures may increase the risk for developing autism. These exposures could include certain medications or infections during pregnancy. However, it is important to note that these exposures have only been linked to an increased risk, and they have not been proven to be direct causes of autism.
Currently, there is no cure for autism. However, there are a number of interventions and therapies that can be effective in improving symptoms and helping individuals with autism lead fulfilling lives.
How is autism diagnosed?
There is no one medical test to diagnose autism. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis.
Most children with autism can be diagnosed by age 3. Some children, especially those with milder symptoms, might not be diagnosed until they’re older.
Doctors use two types of tests to help diagnose autism. The first type is called the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). It’s a structured interview with the child’s parent or caregiver. The doctor asks questions about the child’s communication, social interactions, and play behaviors.
The second type of test is called the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). It’s a standardized assessment of social and communication skills. The doctor watches the child play and interacts with him or her in a structured way.
Signs and symptoms of autism
The signs and symptoms of autism can vary greatly, which is why the condition is often known as a “spectrum disorder.” But there are some common signs that tend to show up in most people with ASD.
If you suspect your child might have autism, look for these behaviors:
· Social skills: People with ASD tend to have trouble with social interactions. They may avoid eye contact, have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or speaking in a way that doesn’t match the emotion they’re trying to express.
· Communication skills: People with ASD may have trouble with both verbal and nonverbal communication. They may not point or wave bye-bye, or they may not be interested in pointing out objects of interest. They also may lose skills they once had, such as saying single words or phrases.
· Repetitive behaviors: People with ASD often have repetitive behaviors, such as spinning, hand flapping rocking back and forth or lining up objects. These behaviors can be soothing to people with ASD and may help them cope with anxiety or other challenges.
How does autism affect children?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction and behavioral patterns. ASD often includes difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, social interactions, repetitive behaviors and restricted interests.
ASD usually appears during the first three years of life, although it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some children with ASD show signs of delayed development before age 2. Others seem to develop typically until around 18 to 24 months, but then suddenly “regress” and lose previously acquired skills, such as language skills or social skills.
Most children with ASD have difficulty with social interaction and communication. They may have problems making eye contact, facial expressions or body posture. They may not Point or wave goodbye, or they may avoid eye contact altogether. They also may not respond to their name by 12 months of age.
Some children with ASD repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia). They also may have trouble understanding the use of everyday words or phrases such as “eat your dinner” or “where’s your toy?” And they may speak only in single words or in word salads (strings of words that are put together without any grammatical structure).
How does autism affect adults?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that can affect people of all ages. However, it is most commonly diagnosed in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ASD affects 1 in 59 children in the United States.
While autism is often thought of as a childhood disorder, it can have a profound impact on adults as well. Adults with ASD may have difficulty with social interaction, communication, and work or school performance. They may also experience sensory sensitivities, anxiety, and depression.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with ASD, but there are some things that adults can do to manage their symptoms and live fulfilling lives. These include getting an early diagnosis, seeking out support from family and friends, and finding appropriate therapies and treatments. With the right support, people with ASD can lead happy and successful lives.
Living with autism
A diagnosis of autism can come as a shock. You might feel scared, confused and alone. But you are not alone. There are many parents who have been in your shoes and many resources available to help you.
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects how a person communicates, interacts with others and perceives the world around them. It is a spectrum disorder, which means that it affects people in different ways and can range from mild to severe.Most People With Autism will need some level of support, but with early intervention and the right support, many people with autism can lead rich and fulfilling lives.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for living with autism, but there are some things that can help. Here are some tips for living with autism:
1. Get support from others who understand
2. Understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses
3. Find a therapist or doctor who is experienced in treating autism
4. Create a routine and stick to it as much as possible
5. Use visual aids to help your child understand what is expected of them
6. Be patient and don’t expect your child to change overnight
7. celebrate your child’s accomplishments – no matter how small
Treatments for autism
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for autism, but there are many options that can help improve symptoms and maximize quality of life. Treatments fall into two main categories:
Behavioral and educational interventions focus on improving specific skills, such as social interaction, communication, and self-care. These interventions are typically provided by therapists, teachers, or other trained professionals.
Medical treatments can help manage autism symptoms that interfere with daily functioning. These may include medications to treat sleep problems, anxiety, or other challenges. Some children with autism also benefit from treatment for accompanying medical conditions such as seizures.
FAQs about autism
What is autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize, communicate, and process sensory information.
What are the symptoms of autism?
Symptoms of autism can vary from mild to severe and can include social withdrawal, trouble communicating, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors.
What causes autism?
The cause of autism is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Janice is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education. She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked with and case managed children and youth with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in home and residential setting since 2013.