Guide to Autism: Some of the Early Signs

What every new parent needs is a guide to Autism, because many of the first signs of Autism get noticed between the first and fourth year when a child is not hitting their verbal, social and developmental benchmarks.  Some others are not diagnosed until the start of adolescence, but there is so much development going on in a child’s younger years, and the doctors(who have an incredibly detailed guide to autism) rate them so often against certain developmental scales, that they are usually diagnosed earlier.  Even when diagnosed later, when looking back, the signs of autism were there, more often than naught, but were not picked up on.    The earlier treatments and therapies begin, the better the outcome for the autistic child.

Guide to Autism

"I love someone with Autism"

Guide to Autism: Parents notice things first.

Parents, rather than doctors, are usually the first to notice the signs of autism in younger children.  Sometimes it is just that they notice that something is different about them.  There are times a friend of the family is the first to notice the differences, as they may have their own child’s “benchmarks” to compare to. Here is a short guide to autism, to some of the signs and symptoms that you should be aware of, that everybody should be aware of, so that the child gets early treatment:

1.) The avoidance of eye to eye contact.  Most children love to make eye contact, but the autistic child will avoid it, even if you try and force the issue, it’s like it’s an uncomfortable thing for them.

2.) They seem to have a very high tolerance for pain.  This can also show in exactly the opposite manner: an overreaction or extreme sensitivity to any stimulation.

3.)Delayed, or even nonexistent speech development.  It may also manifest itself as a loss of speech/words already learned.

4.) Seeming lack of interest in things other children love:   other children, toys new people, people in their extended family.

5.) Some obsessive characteristics.  This might show as a child clicking a light switch off and on over and over.  They might “require” that a certain light is always on.  They may play will toys, but not as the other kids do….instead of playing “cars” with some cars, they may line them up, or just flip them over so they can spin the wheels over and over again.

6.) They might have a tough time adapting to any changes at all.  They may become very agitated if their routine is changed in any way.

7.)They may have some physical quirks that they just don’t grow out of.  It might be hitting themselves (quite hard) over and over, especially when upset.  It might be a flapping of the hands and arms when excited. You might find them walking on their tip-toes….all the time.  They may even bang their head against the wall, over and over again.

Now most children can pick up some of these behaviors as they grow, but they grow out of them.  The key is to recognize when they are picking up more then one of these behaviors at a time, and not moving past them.  Couple this with some other signs, and it’s time to get some help. These are but a few of the manifestations of Autism, and there are many more.

Find a good guide to Autism.

Be aware whenever a friend that has kids makes mention that their child did something (especially if it’s lots of things) sooner than yours.  This might not be something, but it might be enough that you should get it checked. There are methods that your doctor will use, in order to know if your child should be referred to a specialist.  The experts deal with this all of the time, and will soon be able to tell if you have anything to worry about.

Guide to Autism

Autism Therapy

There are also some fantastic books (guide to autism) out there written by both experts in the field, and by parents that have been where you are now.  Choosing a good guide to autism will let you know what the road you are looking down has in store for you.

I remember when my wife first got pregnant, we told my grandmother, and she said:  “Good!  Now you get to learn how to worry!”  I asked her how long you have to worry about your kids, and she replied:  “I’ll let you know…”

So as parents, our job is to worry, and to do whatever it takes to protect our children, and to give them every advantage we can so they can grow up healthy and happy.  A diagnosis of Autism is not the end of the world, but it is not something that you can ignore, or that will go away on its own.  The sooner you get into the system, and start doing what you need to do help your child overcome this condition, the better.  Literally, every day you wait is another day lost.  Search out the best guide to Autism that you can find and start reading:  knowledge is power.

 

 

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Comments
  • Veanna says:

    You have shed a ray of sunhsine into the forum. Thanks!

    • Keyon says:

      I might be beantig a dead horse, but thank you for posting this!

      • Goomatie says:

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        • Nathan says:

          love this concept. as a lnccieed SLP and a photographer, i am finding myself shooting more and more kids with special needs, and i adore it! what a wonderful service you provide. just because a child may be different doesn’t mean that they aren’t beautiful in their own right. every child should be celebrated and made to feel special in the way that any child wants to. kudos to you for being honest about your family and sharing your story with the world. and great work! LOVE the family photos on the stone wall!!

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  • Andrew says:

    Hi admin, I love your blog!

    • Masao says:

      Currently in a certification prgoram for Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have been a special educator for 18 years. Last month I bought my first Alex and Ani bracelet. LOVED IT. I went back and bought 3 more. I was disappointed that the company didn’t have a bracelet for Autism Awareness. This would be a fabulous idea for your Charity by Design line. Please consider this.

    • Fehd says:

      As you know I have a son with Severe Autism so it’s close to home for me but not only do I have a son but I believe a npeehw has it as well. My middle daughter her best friend has Autism and my oldest daughter her old boyfriend had Autism. My neighbor has a child in one of my npeehws class and he has Autism as well. The rate of Autism right now is so high that it’s almost impossible to not know anyone who is being effected by it. How close is it to your home?

  • Mike says:

    Hi admin I like your blog

    • Resident says:

      Working in a hospital, I am very close to chdliren with Autism. Where I work specializes in epilepsy and it’s not uncommon for a child or adult to have the Autism diagnosis as well as a seizure disorder or other health concerns as well.

  • hello!,I like your writing very a lot! proportion we keep up a correspondence extra approximately your article on AOL? I require a specialist in this area to solve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Having a look ahead to peer you.

    • Nadan says:

      Thank you for your strength. Thank you for your wsaeneks. Thank you for your love for your family. Your blog has helped me to understand and connect with one of my cousins that I never really could before. It’s not that I was hateful or unaccepting of her, I just knew that everything I tried didn’t connect. You and your family are amazing, and I admire you all.

    • Navlesh says:

      As you know I have a son with Severe Autism so it’s close to home for me but not only do I have a son but I believe a epehnw has it as well. My middle daughter her best friend has Autism and my oldest daughter her old boyfriend had Autism. My neighbor has a child in one of my epehnws class and he has Autism as well. The rate of Autism right now is so high that it’s almost impossible to not know anyone who is being effected by it. How close is it to your home?

    • Madhu says:

      she had only seen ONE, ONE, UNO, EINS, child with autism. We had to aecrsh high and low for another family dealing with autism in our area!

  • This warms my heart.. Am new to the autism community. I have a new site online: http://www.autism-mom.com . Stop by any time and pay a visit! God Bless, Lu Ann

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