Autism – is the result of a neurological disorder which has an effect on human brain function, affecting development of the communication and social interaction skills and by restricted and repetitive behavior. This disorder belongs to a group of serious developmental problems called ASD, which in most cases appear in early childhood (usually before three years).
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ASD (or Autism) is a wide-spectrum disorder. This means that no 2 people diagnosed with Autism will have exactly the same symptoms. The person with Autism may seem socially clumsy if the symptoms are not severe. However, if the symptoms are more severe, the person may seem not to be interested in other people at all.
Children with Autism, generally have developmental disorders in three crucial areas – behavior, language and social interaction. However, symptoms of Autism can vary greatly for each person. Two children with the same diagnosis have strikingly different skills and may act quite differently. In most cases, though, severe Autism – is characterized by complete loss of ability to interact or communicate with other people.
For many children, symptoms improve with treatment and with age. Children whose language skills regress early in life before the age of 3 years appear to have a higher than normal risk of developing epilepsy or seizure-like brain activity. During adolescence, some children with an ASD may become depressed or experience behavioral problems, and their treatment may need some modification as they transition to adulthood. People with an ASD usually continue to need services and supports as they get older, but many are able to work successfully and live independently or within a supportive environment.
Most common Autism symptoms are some bellow:
- Develops specific rituals or routines
- Performs repetitive movements such as spinning or hand-flapping or rocking
- Moves constantly
- May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car
- Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
- May be unusually sensitive to sound and touch, light and yet oblivious to pain
- Has poor eye contact
- Fails to respond to his or her name
- Appears not to hear you at times