Autism spectrum disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), commonly used as autism is a complex disorder that includes problems with social behavior and communication. Though the word is a super complex and serious, this complicated condition can be cured by closely monitoring, evaluation and full-time care. Sometimes this full-time care needs to be done under special arrangements. Majority who suffers with autism has problems associated with their communication.
Symptoms of Autism
Signs of autism are shown among children before they turn 3. If you closely monitor the growth of your child these symptoms are not hard to notice. Most common symptoms of autism include:
- Lack of eye-contact is a major symptom of autism. Due to this reason children face difficulties in understanding what other say and they struggle to explain themselves.
- Repeating words or phrases
- Unusual reactions to some things that are ordinary to others (E.g., Smell, Touches, Sounds)
- Less attention or interest in certain topics and not listening to other people
- Problems of understanding words, phrases, tones, facial expressions, and gestures
- Issues in adopting to different routines and disliking changes
- Talking in artificial robotic voices
- Difficulty in making friends
Reasons for Autism
The exact cause for autism is still unclear. But there can be multiple factors that cause autism.
- Family background. Genes of family may cause autism.
- A child with older parents
- Diabetics and obesity of the mother
- Pregnant woman who is exposed to certain drugs and chemicals
It is very hard for you to understand whether your child has autism at home. The pediatrician or a speech pathologist needs to closely monitor the behavior of your child and then decide. If you are doubtful the best thing is to meet your doctor.
There is no cure for autism. But early detection can make a significant change in your child’s life.
Role of parents
If you are a parent with an autistic child life would be much harder for you. You may suffer mentally and physically. Take time for yourself and clearly understand the situation you are in. Don’t get angry and force your child to do things. Your child needs more attention and help to overcome this situation. In that case your role is very vital for your child.
Don’t try to force your child, blame, or hit for not doing or trying things. Love your child and make your child feel it. Take them to the places where they can meet more people and more interactions with them. When your child tries to talk to you stop all other works and give your full attention to your child.