Autism, which some think is a hoax and end up not worrying about it is a serious developmental disorder. You need to realize how important it is to get diagnosed.
It is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and behaves. It comes with a wide range of unique symptoms that differs in every individual. The symptoms can be seen during the first three years of the child’s life and then gradually grows with age. The major noticeable issues are social skills, communication, and behavioural issues.
I know it sounds scary, but it gets worse if you do not provide proper medication and care. People with autism have a different way of looking at life. They end up being introverts, hate communicating, are socially awkward, and can be pretty aggressive. It also affects their nervous system that might cause an episode or a panic attack where they get triggered by loud noises and start twitching.
There are 5 main types of autism:
- Asperger’s Syndrome:
This causes children to face challenges when trying to understand or interpret social cues. Those with this syndrome may also develop an intense, sometimes obsessive interest in one or two specific subjects, often showing a high level of intelligence and can even be described as gifted.
2. Rett Syndrome:
This shows symptoms like repetitive arm and hand waving, issues with motor skills, and delayed speech. This type of autism primarily affects girls and can be apparent when they are about 6 months old.
3. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder:
If a child doesn’t show any symptoms of autism in the first 2 years of their life it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
CDD can be particularly tough and confusing for people because one day your child is showing no signs of developmental delays, and suddenly they stop talking and interacting. This rare form of autism has been connected to seizure disorders by doctors.
4. Kanner’s Syndrome:
The children have difficulty understanding or communicating with others, struggle to make eye contact, hypersensitive to senses, and are in major need of a particular routine because these children tend to have very little interest in engaging in the world around them.
5. Pervasive Developmental Disorder:
This is a mild form of autism that can cause children to have developmental or social delays like walking and talking much later than other normal children. Children with this type of autism typically learn to cope with their challenges more easily than children with more severe types of autism.
So, if you suspect your kids or anyone you know to these types of symptoms at an early age, one should get them diagnosed, assessed, and evaluated by questioning his / her parent. Observing the kid both physically and mentally is a must. This sure does sound scary but in the end, it is better to stop something bad from happening and deal with it as soon as possible.