As parents we are on constant lookout for any sign of abnormal development such as autism in our children and of course it is so easy to jump to the wrong conclusions. A child will go through many phases and being able to spot anything abnormal is very difficult. However, we should look out for any abnormal behavior which could indicate autism.
Autism may sound familiar to you.
It is however important to first establish that this is not an infection or a contagious disease. This is actually a condition where the brain of the child has developed differently, resulting to certain ramifications that affected the system of the child and manifesting in the lack of interpersonal skills of the child.
It is not an illness brought by an infection or some contagious disease. Autism is something the child is born with and results from an abnormal development of the human brain.
Autism results in a level of introvertive behavior with the child not willing to interact with other children and perhaps the most disturbing symptom is their lack of response to their parents. A child with autism lacks the interpersonal or social skills of a normal child.
Autism usually manifests itself between the ages of 18 months to 3 years although some signs can be detected in babies with autism.
Autism occurs to 1 child in every 700 in the population. It was found also that this is most likely to occur among the boys. The signs manifest at an early stage in a child's life. It is necessary that you be cautious of your child's behavior and responses.
One day it may hit you, your child is turning 3 years old next month but still remains unresponsive to you. Your child is not as interactive as other kids would usually be. "Could my child be autistic?"
What are the signs of autism in your child? How does one detect autism?
If your child is experiencing difficulty in the following aspects, it would be helpful to consult a doctor or an expert:
Some babies can actually manifest signs of autism
An autistic baby does not respond to your presence - will not make eye contact with you and appears to be more interested in staring at some other moving inanimate object. Babies that do not look in the eye can be displaying signs of autism, especially if they would rather stare at moving mechanical objects or parts of it.
An autistic baby will often appear too calm and may lie still for hours. Too calm babies should also be observed. Are they able to lie for hours without crying?
An autistic baby may not play or interact with other babies.
18 months - 3 Years old
An autistic child may appear distracted and not look you in the eye when trying to communicate with them.
An autistic child may have difficulty picking up the sounds of words and will need repeating many times. Are there words that he or she cannot say or will have to be said over and over before he or she can grasp it?
An autistic child may have unusual mannerisms which they like to repeat many times. Are there mannerisms or motor movements that he or she keeps repeating for no apparent reason or purpose?
An autistic child may lack imagination and not like role play, make-believe, or pretend games.
An autistic child may be disturbed by a change in routine. Is he or she inflexible to changes? Does he or she get alarmed when you change a certain routine, like waking up while it is still dark?
An autistic child may show a lack of interest in other children and not want to play with them.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means and we should be aware that some of these symptoms can be detected in 'normal' children.
However, if your baby or child exhibits some or all of these symptoms then you are advised to seek advice from a doctor or child specialist. They will carry out some simple tests to either confirm your fears or hopefully in most cases ease your concerns and allow you to enjoy the ongoing 'normal' development of your child.
The cause of autism is still unknown.
If your child is confirmed as autistic then you should not despair. It is not your fault and like any other child they will need your love and support. Just as the cause of Autism is unknown, there is currently no known cure either. Parents should not blame themselves if they feel that they had been negligent in taking care of their kids during infancy, or if a mother thinks she might not have properly taken care of herself during pregnancy.
The best option to the parents of an autistic child is to address the problem.
It is best to consult an expert on this field. Know the various peculiarities of the kid. The family may have to stick to a definite lifestyle to adjust to the needs of the child. This would require extra patience also. Send the child to a special education school. If the autism of the child is relatively mild, be sure that you inform ahead the teacher or the principal of the condition.
Depending on the severity of the condition with your particular child it may be necessary for you to make certain allowances in your behavior towards them and in your daily routine.
Seek the advice of experts in this field - in more severe cases it may be necessary for you to arrange for your child to attend a special school. Often an autistic child will exhibit very special abilities and talents which need to be nurtured and controlled while helping them to develop the social skills which come more naturally to other children.
You have a special child.
The kid is special, because his or her abilities are different from the ordinary kid her age. Provide special treatment and care needed. Give your attention. Stay by his or her side.
The condition of autism in children is well known and you should be able to receive plenty of help and support.
More than anything else; simply make the child feel your loving care.