Even though autism is a disorder that’s commonly heard about in movies, TV, books, or in general, a surprising number of people are still unaware of what it is and what can typically be expected from a person who who has it. Because of this, it tends to be something that’s misunderstood more often than not, as well as something that’s sometimes feared in some cases and due to various different reasons. However, understanding the disorder and its common symptoms may help one to prepare for such situations and to understand it more all together.
The disorder often comes about at birth, but may typically not show signs or symptoms until the person has reached two to three years of age. Studies show that about every 1 in 110 people have developed the condition, seemingly being a condition that’s on the rise, with signs of it showing more so in boys than in that of girls. However, people who have the disorder are not always easy to recognize at first glance until their behaviors start to show through.
It is fairly common for the disorder to be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, in which the person may speak perfectly fine, but will typically show other traits of an autistic person. This is often in regards to mental or behavioral traits, such as appearing socially awkward and/or possessing various autistic-like behavioral problems in general.
In the past, it was commonly accepted as a cruel twist of fate for a person to suffer from autism, but there are fortunately a number of treatments that may potentially offer help these days. However, much of this depends on the situation, the person, and the severity of their symptoms. Some treatments may offer a significant amount of improvement, while others may not, but many believe early treatment can potentially provide a better overall success rate.
It’s often that a E-2 checklist is used by professionals and parents in order to try and diagnose the spectrum of autism a child might have. This was originally designed to check for classroom autism, or Kanner’s syndrome, by Dr. Bernard Rimland. The checklist is often then gone over and checked by a specialist in order to figure out the likely next course of action for each individual.
Symptoms for the disorder can generally vary, though might include a person resisting affection such as cuddling or hugging, not responding to their name, poor eye contact, and may often retreat into their own world or appear aloof. In other cases, they may not be aware of another person’s feelings. They may also learn to talk much later than other children do, lose the ability to speak once-learned words or phrases, or speak in a manner that’s verbatim or repetitive.
An autistic person might show signs of speaking in abnormal tones or rhythms, such as a singsong melody, while their body language might show repetitive movement or gestures. They may also develop almost ritualistic routines and are disturbed when that routine is changed, appear hyper, or may become overly fascinated with certain objects. Sensitivity to sound, light and touch may also be evident in their behavior.
If you suspect that a loved one may have autism, then researching further symptoms, causes and so forth may be a good place to start. In the end, however, seeing a professional who specializes in the disorder may be able to offer you some assistance with treatment and coping with the situation more effectively.