Autism - Why Early Detection is Important
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.
Helpful Resources for Autism
Types of Autism
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.
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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Do you know someone with Autism?
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.
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.
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.