As parents we never want to believe that our child has a problem. However when it comes to autism identifying it earlier on can make a huge difference to a child’s life. The younger a child then the benefits gained from following certain treatments to deals with the symptoms of this condition is much greater.
It doesn’t matter at what age you discover your child has autism, you should never lose hope. With the right sort of treatment you’ll find that the effects of this disorder can be reduced and in turn will help your child to learn, grow and thrive.
Often as children get older the signs that a child may have this disorder become much more diverse. Some of the signs you need to be aware of as your child gets older and which could possibly be as a result of them having autism are as follows:
Symptom 1 – Find It Hard To Interact Socially
Most children suffering from autism tend to live in a world of their own and prefer to remain detached from others. They often appear disinterested in what is happening around them or are unaware of what other people are up to. Plus they tend to find it hard to play with other children or to make friends.
Symptom 2 – Have Problems Speaking
In many cases where a child has this disorder they tend to start talking a lot later on in life. Then once they do start talking sometimes they speak in abnormal tones or it has an odd pitch to it. Often you may find that they like to repeat particular words or phrases over and over again. Plus you may find that rather than answering questions they tend to repeat the question itself.
Symptom 3 – Cannot Pick Up On Non-Verbal Cues
A child with autism often comes across as being cold or “robot like” because they have difficult with using facial expressions that actually match what they are saying. Also such children tend to avoid trying to make eye contact and as a result find it hard to pick up on what other people mean through the gestures or facial expressions they use.
Symptom 4 – Behave In An Inflexible Way
As a result of this a it could then lead to a child becoming quite obsessive about particular interests or activities. As they find it difficult to adapt to changes they may choose to follow rigid routines, such as the order in which they get dressed for school or for bed. Also you may find that they form some unusual attachments to certain objects or toys in the home like rubber bands or keys.
Symptom 5 – Repeat Certain Actions Or Movements
The kinds of movements we are talking about here are flapping of hands or rocking backwards and forwards, referred to as “stimming” (self-stimulatory behaviour). However there are many clinicians and researchers who believe that such actions instead of helping to stimulate the child actually help to soothe them.