Two of the most well known characteristics of autism are limited communication and social skills. Children with autism have a difficult time communicating their needs and needs within their environment, as well as expressing their feelings, ideas, and thoughts logically through verbal communication.
Children are usually diagnosed with autism at the age of two or three years of age. The most noted classical symptom – children began speaking some true words before their 2-year old immunization but after the immunization the children stopped talking.
7 Characteristics of Autism (please note characteristics are not limited to these 7)
2) Poor pragmat skills (social skills)
3) Awkward nonverbal communication skills with peers
4) Prefer to play by themselves, some children do not play at all
5) They do not like to be touch, deficient in expressing emotion
6) Sensory problems
7) Limited tolerance for many food textures and will only eat a few foods (chicken nuggets, French fries, and macaroni and cheese to name a few common foods).
Some school age children with autism can read fluently but have problems with reading comprehension. While some have problems with figurative speech: "it's raining cats and dogs", these children are really expecting to see cats and dogs following from the sky. Many young toddlers and preschool age children may have developed an interest for "Thomas The Train".
Because there are many pediatricians who do not have a clue about autism and the characteristics of autism, parents should contact a DAN doctor. Defeat Autism Now (DAN) doctors specializes in autism disorder. Your child's symptoms may fall under the autism umbrella but may not be diagnosed as autism. If your child is diagnosed with autism or with a delay in communication skills, early intervention is the best intervention.
Speech-language pathologists are the 'go to' specialists to help improve communication performance. It is imperative to seek a speech-language pathologist with experience in the area of autism, to help the child learn effective communication strategies, such as, sign language, and / or picture exchange. An applied behavioral analysis therapist (ABA) may also be helpful for some of these children.
Parents of children with autism can find help and guidance at local agencies that advocate for children with special needs. Parents may also want to participate in workshops and seminars to gain knowledge about autism and strategies that may help their children.
It is recommended that parents find a daycare that specializes in providing services to children with special needs. Many day cares are not equipped to handle children with special needs; This could be stressful for the children with special needs, as well as, for the daycare providers.
There are many special diets that may help improve behavior of children with autism, as well as, improve learning skills.
In conclusion, parents should conduct their own research on autism and seek help from a psychologist that specializes in autism.