Posted by teacherjulie @ 11:14 am

Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is one of the prevalent conditions of children with special needs today. It is surprising to know that children are affected with autism in every 1,000 500 150. The cause of this disorder is not known, scientists do not know what causes the problem.

It is important to know the different signs and symptoms of ASD in children as early as possible. Why? Because a person having ASD has impaired capacity to function well in daily activities, with mild to severe range. They do not look physically different from other people especially those with chromosomal disorders but they behave, communicate, learn and interact differently from others. Their ability to think and learn vary, from severely challenged to giftedness.

They have deficits in their verbal and nonverbal communication skills, social interaction and behavior, and repetitive behaviors or interests. They respond to different sensory experiences differently from others. These sensory experiences may include reacting differently to sounds, light and/or touch.
We need to know how to recognize the different signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Around 12-36 months of age, several of these signs can be observed with children. having ASD. Some of the following important signs to watch out for are:

  1. Delay in verbalization or speech. This usually is the “quiet” baby who doesn’t coo or babble around the time babbling is expected. No words yet has been spoken well beyond celebrating the first birthday.
  2. Does not look when name is called. Child does not look to the direction other sounds are coming from but cries from a slight alteration of surrounding like turning on or off lights. Child is not hearing-impaired because certain reactions to sounds are observed.
  3. Poor eye contact.
  4. Poor playing skills.
  5. Attachment to particular objects.

These are just a few behavior of children with ASD. To read a more complete and more specific profile, click here.

Source:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

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6 Jul, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
rhodora said:

It’s sad but many parents with children who are clinically diagnosed with autism do not want to accept it. Denial. That’s the word. For some, it’s a disgrace in the family if others learn of their children’s condition. Paano mako-correct ito kung mga parents mismo ay nagdi-deny na may problema sa kanilang anak?

8 Jul, 2007 @ 5:23 pm
mitchteryosa said:

I agree with Rhodora.

I have a friend who had been through that. Good thing was she finally accepted what God had given her. She was in denial for a while dahil na din nasabay pa yung prob nila ng asawa nya. She got separated at the time when they found out that her eldest son has autism at the age of 7, imagine.

They went through some tests and sessions with a Psychologist, and she was told that it could have been avoided kung nagawan ng paraan. Minsan daw ang cause nyan ay yung “feel of abandonment” ng mga bata esp when parents are both working. Yung anak nya daw kasi laging nag-iisa dati, at katabi din matulog ay yaya. So when the yaya is busy with the chores, mag-isa ang bata, walang kumakausap. Then when people are around, he tends to become violent or papansin minsan.

But I heard that he excels in a special school now…

  • Mitch, it is one of the myths of autism, having parents who are not always around. There is even a term for that: refrigerator mother or cold mother. But autism is a developmental disorder where there is a genetic predisposition. There are also research about these children having irregularities in several regions of their brain. So the theory about parental neglect has been disproved. Parents need not blame themselves for having these children. But of course, genetics play a role in this developmental disorder.

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