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Autism - Why Early Detection is Important

Updated on February 09, 2017

Autism and your Child

Early detection for autism, is mandatory, in order to begin to get your child the help they need. While there is presently no cure for this condition, early treatment can make help improve developmental challenges.

Autism is a devastating condition, that affects one in 166 children in the United States each year. Male children are four times more likely to be affected by autism than girls. Though it is claimed that the cause of autism is not known, many contribute the extraordinary increase in this syndrome to childhood vaccinations. Of course, the medical field has not admitted to this.

My beautiful grandson Joseph was diagnosed with autism at age of three. One of the first things his mother noticed that he stopped talking a short time after having a vaccination. I believe vaccinations may very well be the cause autism and that the medical field should do extensive research as to the relation to autism and vaccinations.

If you think your child is not developmentally on track, it is very to contact your Dr, to see if your concerns are warranted. Most of the time, there is nothing to worry about, but your Dr. can perform standardized testing that can help determine if there is a problem.

Types of Autism

Rett Syndrome
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder which most always affects girls. With Rett Syndrome the child appears to be normal for several months to over a year before signs of autism begin to surface. Verbal and social skills begin to regress.

Asperger Syndrome
This is an autism spectrum is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder which is characterized by degrees of social and very impairment along with limited or repetitive patterns of movement

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Very few autistic children fall into this category. Childhood disintegrative disorder symptoms appear by the child’s second year, the actual age of the appearance of autistic symptom are between three and four years of age. Up to this point, the child was developmentally normal.

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Symptoms

Hyper-sensitivity to sound or touch.
The child does not like to be touched or picked up. This hypersensitivity makes human contact uncomfortable or cause the child to experience stress; or can not tolerate certain sounds

Changes in Language Skills
Lack or regression in language skills. Some autistic children began their lives very normally and at some point, their language skills become very limited or stop talking altogether.

Lack of Eye Contact
A common, but not necessarily a universal sign of autism is the avoidance of eye contact with others. When talking to them they may avoid your gaze or turn their head away from you.

Inability to Bond
A common symptom can be an inability or unwillingness to form friendships or relationship with other children. Many autistic children will play hours absorbed in solitary play.

Obsessive Interest or Repetitive Movement
Some autistic children may play with one toy, or repeat a particular phrase over and over or repeat ritualistic patterns of movement such as waving hands, rocking or slapping themselves.

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Early Detection

There are different degrees of autism, from low to high functioning levels. Early detection is so important because the right therapies and treatment can help, though not cure autism.

Speech, occupational and physical therapy, can help children to become more open and communicate on a greater level.

Early detection and education of children living with autism helps to improve development in early stages of education and beyond. It is important to help children improve their mental, emotional and physical beings through all phases of their lives.

Research has shown that catching autism early, professionals can help parents to interact in positive ways with their children as well as get emotional support for themselves and their children. Please check out www.myASDF.org or call 887-806-0635.

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Don't Wait to get Help

There is a window of time where early detection and treatment can help many children with autism grow up to live a normal or near-normal life. Talk to your child's doctor if you suspect there may be something wrong.

As parents, you must be alert, because no one knows there child like you. Follow your instincts even if your pediatrician tells you, there is nothing wrong with your child. Seek a second opinion if necessary.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Coffesnob, my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for your comments. Let's pray for a cure for Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      2besure, Autism and Aspergers are very complicated conditions with no real cure or reason why they occur. Vaccinations are said to be a cause but this has not been proven, this is not to say it doesn't happen. The best thing you can do for a person with this condition is love them for who they are and ask for help whenever you need it. There are many challenges to overcome when dealing with Autism.

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      coffeesnob 6 years ago

      2besure

      I have 2 Asperberger grandbabies.- early detection has made a huge difference in knowing how to best get them on track...My daughter is awesome with them and they are doing well.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Many parents claim their child's autism symptoms never started until after a vaccination.

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Great advice. I have heard that Autism is from childhood shots.

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