The moment you think your child may have something wrong with them your heartbreaks. You reach a level of fear and uncertainty. Will it be noticeable? Will it make it so they will not have friends? Will they ever marry? The questions pour in, and you're left wondering what the answers will be. The feelings are no different when you think your child may have autism, or be on the autistic spectrum.
The main questions on your mind are probably, how can I tell my child is autistic? What are the symptoms? And where do I go from there?
Let's start with the symptoms. What are the common symptoms of autism in a child?
The symptoms fall under 5 main categories. You may find your child has all of them, or some of them. The thing you need to remember, is autism is a spectrum disorder, which means your child can have all or none of the symptoms, in varying severity. We will cover the first two in this article.
Let's start with the first category of symptoms. Difficulties with social skills. You may notice your child has a really hard time making friends, or an ability to make friends at all. The may be the odd child out, and visibly so.
They will rarely be the child to approach another child, and may not even show interest in other people at all. All in all, they have great difficulties in all mannerisms necessary for starting and maintaining a relationship with another person, both physically and socially
The next set of symptoms fall under communicative issues. You may find that they are unable to speak at all, and when they do they may use very infantile languages such as pointing and grunting, instead of vocalizing with words as to what they want.
Or they may have properly developed language skills that suddenly regress or disappear all together. This can be one of the scariest moments for a parent. Your little one is doing everything right, hitting all the proper millions and suddenly wakes up one day unable to speak or interact at all. They may also be able to understand and comprehend facial cues and mannerisms, to them it's like everyone is walking around with a blank face. There is nothing for them to read in the faces of others.
These are just two of the main symptoms of an autistic child. If your child has either or both, you need to seek professional help for your child, as early intervention is key in maximizing that which your child can do, later on in life.