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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Poor eye contact.
- Poor playing skills.
- 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.
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