*Did you know that 1 out of every 68 children is living with some form of autism? This means the child’s development is in some way affected. A diagnosis of autism is generally evaluated around the age of three and this very complex disorder seems to be more common in boys than girls. Yet there are varying degrees to which a child may exhibit the condition. Some cases are more severe than others and can include behaviors that are more easily recognizable; while another child’s behavior is recognized as incredibly high functioning.
Autism doesn’t discriminate. Any child can be affected by it – regardless of age, weight, race, overall health, social class, or geographical residence. And while many children are successfully treated with therapy, it is something they tend to carry well into their adulthood and is considered permanent.
Below are 10 Signs and Symptoms that may resonate with you and your family.
Peculiar Toy Habits…
While to you, the photo may just look like some colored sticks; to an autistic child this is a work of art they’ve mastered for hours. They typically prefer to sort items, stack them, place objects in rows or lines, or separate them into groupings they see as fit. It’s not exactly in a ‘neat freak’, or obsessive compulsive fashion, instead this is just something they feel is how they’re comfortable using their toys. Items they thrive over are dominos, playing cards, cars, blocks, anything that can be sorted by color, and so forth.
Trouble relating to others
Autistic children are by no means anymore rude, obnoxious, argumentative, or fussy over any other kid having a moment of misunderstanding. They do however, face challenges grasping to a common ground with their peers, siblings, and even their parents. Remembering that autism is a social disorder, this makes total sense that they struggle making human connections, bonds, and having friends.
Sensitive to sounds…
Not all, but the vast majority of autistic kiddos have an issue with sounds. They either are completely uninhibited by loud noises, or noise is their worst nightmare. More are on the side of hating noises, but some have the ability to entirely block it out. This can be great for when they need to sleep, or focus in a noisy atmosphere for those that aren’t bothered by noises, but it can also be very dangerous when they aren’t attentive to alarms, cars, or other warning signs around them.
Struggle with change…
Autistic boys and girls absolutely adore a routine. It doesn’t have to be militant, it just has to be structured as that is what makes them most at ease when they know what to expect. If you are changing classes at school, moving from lunch to reading a book, or removing an iPad to go take a bath; you could very well have a tantrum on your hands in no time. While this can be trying for parents and teachers, keep in mind that knowing generally what their day looks like helps these children stay calm, and confident to complete their tasks for the day.
Hyperactive or Passive…
A lot of guys and girls with autism have difficulties with their activity level. Many find it hard to sit still, they fidget repetitively, or have body movements such as rocking or flapping their hands. Often, these movements are just a function that makes them feel calm in any situation and do no harm to them. Some are super hyperactive, and others are completely passive and can hang out quietly all day long. Again, no two kids are the same, nor should they be, but speak with your doctor if their hyperactivity is too much as medication can greatly help.
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