What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that affects a person in various ways. It is a life changing disorder that affects a person's social skills, the functioning of the brain and several skills. A person diagnosed with ASD will also be affected by some possible issues that impair the quality of their life. Since this disorder is located on a spectrum, it means that each individual will be affected differently and subjected to varying levels of intensity. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Learn more on this website!


Autism Symptoms

What age can you see the first Autism symptoms? Usually it is around the age of two. Some parents will recall the signs of Autism when they were just infants.

If you are a first time parent, it is very difficult to see the Autism symptoms, this early, in infants. You have nothing to compare to. Parents who have had more than one child with the Autism Spectrum Disorder will tend to notice it faster the second time around.

Even parents who have had more than one child with ASD can have a hard time seeing the characteristics for Autism in another child if the Autism symptoms are mild. We have two children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and they have shown different types of Autism signs.

Here is what to look for. Infants tend to be very quiet often not crying. They seem to be unaware of their environment.

In toddlers, the signs are more obvious. Being non-verbal is a strong sign. Even if your child does not have Autism, it does not hurt to have them checked out. Some children will have speech and then loose it. Hand flapping, stomping of the feet, obsessive interest in unusual objects, sensitivity to being touched or to their clothing, picky eater, lack of eye contact, interest in spinning objects or spinning themselves, emotional outbursts, lining up toys and objects, being fascinated by lights and moving objects are all Autism symptoms.

Early intervention is very important in the treatment of Autism, therefore if you have any concerns about your child having Autism; please see your family doctor as soon as possible to see if they can have a test done for your child. Waiting lists for professionals who treat Autism such as occupational therapists, child development workers, behavior therapists and speech language pathologists can be very long.

If your child does have Autism, the faster they are diagnosed then the faster they can be seen by these professionals.

Do you  wish to learn more about the possible causes of Autism? I encourage you to visit the page called: Autism Causes.

Recommended Autism sites:

Autism Today

Future Horizons 




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