Guide to Autism: What are the Signs of Autism (Symptoms of Autism)?

What are the signs of Autism (symptoms of Autism)?

Some the early signs of Autism (symptoms of Autism) are:

1,) When the baby is not smiling and interacting with parents and siblings around the sixth month point
2.)  When the baby focuses closely, and for a long time at a toy
3.) When there is no noise making, the normal babbling, gurgling, testing of the voice that most kids use to learn how to use their voice
4.) No grasping of fingers, reaching for or grasping of rattles or other favorite toys or objectsLoving a child with the signs of Autism (symptoms of Autism)
5.) Stares into space, without noticing when others come into a room (or doesn’t seem to notice)
6.)  Still nonverbal at 2 years old…may use sounds and gestures to “ask” for things   If you as a parent start noticing these signs of Autism (Symptoms of Autism), begin keeping a diary of what you see, and what you think you should be seeing that you’re not.   If you are a first time parent, talk to some parents that have kids the same age, and compare and ask questions…write things like this in your diary.  Look for a good guide to Autism.
At this point you probably need to talk to your children’s doctor, and take your diary with you to help jog your memory.  The doctor will check your child against certain benchmarks that will help them get a diagnosis. This will involve a number of tests that will look at both visual and physical reaction to stimuli.

It’s important to get your child diagnosed as early as possible, as the therapies and treatments start helping right away.  There is really no time to lose, so don’t take a “Wait and see” attitude.

So if your child is older, what are the signs of Autism (symptoms of Autism)?

1.)  They stare into open space, eyes unfocused
2.)  Slow to pick up speech skills, may be completely non-verbal
3.)  Unable to “use their words” to explain what they want
4.)  Likes being in a familiar place
5.)  Does not notice dangers around them (cars, fire, dogs)
6.)  Shows some OCD behaviors like lining things up, stacking things, putting things in some sort of order
7.)  May have very violent outbursts (tantrums) especially when frustrated
8.)  Doesn’t make eye contact, may REFUSE to make eye contact
9.)  May prefer to play alone, does not gravitate towards other children
10.) They are always in their own little world, no matter what is going on around them 11.)  May walk on their “tiptoes”, like ALL the time
12.)  Doesn’t know how to play pretend or make-believe
13.)  Has a definite routine when they do things, and get very upset (see #7 above) if their routine is interrupted or changed
14.)  May do things over and over and over…think light switch being switched on and off for an hour or moresigns of Autism (symptoms of Autism)

Okay, while this is a bigger than normal list, it’s nowhere close to how many things the professionals look at, which is why it is important to get a good guide to Autism, so that you will have a comprehensive list of the signs of Autism (symptoms of Autism).  This will give you more to look at, and what to expect down the road.  It will also educate you about Autism, and put you in a place where you can ask intelligent questions of the professionals that will be dealing with your child. With treatment, beginning as early as possible, and the loving support of you and your professional team, your child will be able to be all they can be.  It’s different for every individual, as Autism cover a large spectrum of disabilities, and each is treated differently, and every child has a different outcome.

After they look at your child’s signs of Autism (symptoms of autism, they will come up with the best treatment for your child.

A guide to Autism, resources that will help

So what will a guide to Autism tell you?

A good guide to Autism will tell you that Autism is a neurological condition that affects the cerebellum.   The cerebellum’s main function is to regulate motor control in the body. If something that is happening in the body affects the cerebellum, some of the information may not be processed correctly.   Signs and symptoms are usually evident well before the child is 3Guide to Autism years old, though signs occur much earlier.  Autism tends to me much more common in males than in females.   The cause of Autism is not known, and are probably many.  Genetics comes in to play, as does environment, physical and medical.  This is something that makes accepting the condition harder, since it’s next to impossible to pinpoint the cause.  As a parent, you always hope you are doing the right thing, but it’s hard to know for sure.

Autism can affect a child’s behavior, and how they can deal with other people.  It can also make how they learn different form other children, but that can indeed learn.  In fact they are quite intelligent, despite their condition.  An Autistic child may have trouble in “normal” classes, but excel once they are given classwork tailored to how they learn.   In a regular classroom, they tend to not be able to socialize normally.  When they feel stress, they can tend to act out by having tantrums, striking out, or striking themselves.  This of course sets them apart from mainstream students, which further complicates their ability to socialize.
Some children go for years without ever being diagnosed; as their symptoms are so mild, and can go on to lead very normal lives.  Others are much more severe, and should be put into the system as soon as possible so that they can receive the specialized therapy and instruction so they can “be all they can be”.  Some of the most severe might require full time care 24/7. Much more is understood about Autism then it was even a few short years ago.  Doctors consider that Autism is a quite complex condition, which will take time and research to better understand.
A child with Autism should not be kept from socializing, with both children and adults.  Even though they learn in different ways, and different rates, they still benefit from interacting with other people.

They are who they are, never be ashamed of them.Guide to Autism

Parents and caregivers of Autistic children should look at joining support groups with others that deal with the disorder.  Knowing you are not alone, and the information and networking you will find in these groups is invaluable.  Just knowing that you are not alone, and that others have gone before where you are going, is worth the price of admission.  A guide to Autism will tell you what resources might be available in your area, and what would be helpful to look for.

Autism, you will find, is a long term thing.  With that being said, it’s a matter of finding a guide to autism and learning as much as you can, getting all of the help you can, so you can deal with the condition.  You will find yourself going through the entire range of emotions, and you want and hope for the best for your child.  Laughing when they are being funny, crying when they hurt, it’s all normal.

One thing that may be helpful is to keep a journal.  Writing how things went that day, may help you discover patterns that are hard to see on a day by day basis.  You may find that certain situations trigger good or bad reactions.  You might see that they have really good days, or make great strides after going to the zoo….every time. (Just an example)  Something you might miss if you didn’t keep a log.  This log might even end up helping others in your support group that may be new,

Another resource for you is the Internet.  There are lots of parents out there keeping online diaries, where you might be able to pick things up. There are also places where you can find a guide to Autism.  Finding one will be an invaluable resource to you, as you can read ahead…..know what is coming up, knowing that what has gone on before is normal, all of this is a very good thing.

Seek out and find a guide to autism.

One great one that I have found is ==>HERE<== There is a lot of great information and links on the site that you can follow for free.  The guide to Autism that you can find here is fantastic.

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.

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"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.

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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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What I am hoping to do here is to have a place where I can put any guides to autism that I can find, to act as a resource, especially for parents that are just having to begin dealing with all that autism is, and the things you must do in order to give your child every opportunity.