The following information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of  consultation qualified healthcare professional.

What is Autism? What are its common traits?

Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that typically presents in children between the ages in 18 months to five years of age. Autism currently affects 1 in every 68 children today. It is estimated there are over 3 million people in the United States alone with autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at different levels of severity. Some people with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one-on-one care, and are never able to live independently. While others who have less severe symptoms, can communicate, and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.

Autism Symptoms

Autism Symptoms

 

Typically, autism affects individuals in five key areas:

  • Communication (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Social skills
  • Behaviors
  • Learning
  • Medical issues

What are Common Autistic Traits:

People diagnosed with autism process, respond, and interact with information in different ways. In some cases, individuals with autism may not be able to speak, may have self stimulatory behaviors (such as hand flapping, vocal utterances, repetitive behaviors), may be aggressive or be self-injurious. Each individual with autism is affected differently. But like with all people – not all individuals with autism are alike. In fact, very few people with autism have the exact same issues. Very few individuals with autism are affected with all the issues specified below. 

 

The urgency of moving from concern to action.

 What is early intervention and how does it make a difference?
            Early intervention makes a phenomenal difference in working with a child on the spectrum. It would include speech and language instruction, occupatiobnal therapy, psychological evaluation. It provides IEPs or individualised education programs for maximising their potential and minimising the impact of their disabilities.
 Where can we look up for more information.?
The websites mentioned below provide comprehensive information and  for those of  living in India the autism society of India is a good resource.www.autismsocietyofindia.org.
                                      

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