Autism: Know The Signs And Symptoms Of Autism In Children
Autism is a development disorder in children which affects child’s behaviour and ability to communicate and interact. In this article, a child psychologist explains the symptoms of autism in children and what to so when diagnosed with autism.
With mental health issues on the rise and with pandemic adding to it, one of the neglected sections has been children especially children with special needs. Adding to their misery are closed schools, therapy centers, no social interaction and mental pressure due to the time-loss. With parents worried about taking care of their children, this is high time that we get more vocal about the challenges faced by individuals and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Medical professionals tend to see a lot of cases where the ideal time period for intervention and treatment has already passed. As a result, treatments get tough and highly complicated for all parties involved thus resulting in further delay. It becomes more pertinent in children with autism as early diagnosis and early intervention is the key and most important aspect. So how does one prevent such delays as a parent and ensure that their child gets the necessary treatment at the right time?
In autism early signs of the illness can be seen in babies by 9 to 12 months, however, formal diagnosis is not given before the age of 24 months (2 years).
Many children with autism symptoms show regression in developmental mostly by the age of 18 months (30 months) or so even after having typical milestones until then. These children show a typical developmental pattern until first or two years of life but then there is a loss of previously acquired social emotional and communication skills. Therefore, being aware of your child’s behavioral traits, at least for the first couple of years, is extremely important.
Some of the early signs of autims that parents should look out for, and these are listed by the ‘The National Autism Association’, are:
- The child avoiding eye contact
- The child not playing ‘pretend’ games or imitating actions
- The child wants to be alone
- The child flips their hands, rocks their body and/or spins in circles
- The child has no to low social skills or social interactions
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