– Are you concerned about your 18 months old child?
– Does he look at you and point when he/she wants to show you something?
– Looks when you point at something?
– Uses his/her imagination to pretend play?
If No, then screen your child for autism.
Few Characteristics of children with autism
- Very Moody
- Can get easily disturbed or upset.
- Never compromises with anything, very stubborn.
Early Signs of autism
- 6 months: No big smiles or joyful expressions.
- By 9 months: No communication through sounds or facial expressions.
- By 12 months: No babbling, no back-end-forth gestures such as pointing or waving.
- By 16 months: No words
- By 24 months: No meaningful two-words phrases
- No interest in other people.
- Difficulty dealing with change.
- Indifference to people.
- No interest in interactive games.
- Sometimes vicious with siblings.
- Resists being held, hunger or kissed.
- Communication Issues
- Avoids eye contact.
- Unaware of environment around.
- Bizarre/repetitive behavior. Strange attachment to objects.
- Inappropriate play with toys.
- Hand flapping. Sometimes flicks fingers in front of the eyes.
- Lining up of toys.
- Rocking, Spinning.
- Staring at the ceiling.
- Eating unusual objects like curtains.
- Clumsy/poor coordination.
- Lack of control over drooling saliva.
- Toe walking.
- Poor motor skills
- Over/under sensitive to sound.
- Unable to tolerate seat belts.
- Over/under sensitive to touch.
- Resists changing clothes.
- Never agrees to have a bath.
- Inappropriate crying/laughter/tantrums.
- Hyperactivity or passiveness.
- Extremely difficult to handle when getting a haircut.
- Gags at common household smells.
- Self-injurious behavior like pulling out hairs, head banging. No sense of danger.
- No Sense of pain.
-Kindly visit a pediatrician if you feel your child shows similar behavior.
-Autistic children have different neural connections in the brain.
Autism is seeing the world from a different angle.
How is it treated?
- There is no cure, but individuals diagnosed can cope and thrive with the right resources.
- Medications can be used to manage symptoms, but no drug specifically targets the disorder.
- Early recognition and therapy can reduce symptoms and support development and learning.
-Autism never comes with a manual. It comes with a parent who never gives up.
-Autism didn’t stop Enistein, Mozart, Newton or Temple Grandin from reaching the stars, and it won’t stop any child either.