Symptoms of autism

AUTISM

is not the Tragedy; Ignorance about Autism is the Tragedy

Is your child good at operating tab or mobile? Can you make him calm by giving screen time (TV, Tab, Mobile, System)? Can your child identify alphabets, colours at an early age? Is your child more interested in cartoons than people? If the answer is YES, then be Alert!

Does your child respond to name call? Does the child make proper eye contact? Does he point out to the things he wants? Is his communication age appropriate? Does he like/ play with same age children? If your answer is NO, then be Alert!

Understand these simple points: As a parent did you ever take interest in your child’s holistic development, without blaming the situations around you? Do you know that Screen times are one of the reasons for delay in development and sometimes impairing the communication? Make sure you are aware of the child’s developmental mile stones.

Most of the time we don’t find Autism to be the struggle; we find other people’s understanding of Autism to be the struggle

As parents we all want our children to develop normally. But often, we are not aware of few developmental disorders and one of them is Autism. About 1 in 59 children have been identified with Autism. It is more common among boys than girls, the ratio is 4:1. The reasons for Autism are not clear. Researchers say it genetic, infections, screen usage, etc. but nothing is proved. How to identify Autism in children?

  • From 18 months of age, children should respond to name call.
  • Make sustained eye contact.
  • Point out the objects which they need,
  • They should take interest in other children,
  • Age appropriate speech development for both boys and girls.
  • Repetitive play like spinning, rolling of toys and taking more interest in rotating objects.
  • There should be no inappropriate use of body like finger movements, fidgeting or flapping of hands.
  • Excessive staring or taking interest in lights should not be there.

These are a few symptoms of Autism. If you observe any of these, the child must be screened for Autism disorder by a Clinical Psychologist. Once it has been identified, the special and early interventions can help the child to develop normally, as most of the brain (80%) develops from birth to 6 years of age.

The special interventions may include:

  1. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA),
  2. Behaviour Therapy (BT),
  3. Occupational Therapy (OT),
  4. Speech therapy,
  5. Activity of Daily living Skills (ADLS).

So,

  • Be Alert to developmental disorders
  • Understand it
  • Take steps and
  • Interest in your child
  • Screen for Autism
  • Make sure your child is developing normally.