Children with autism are usually diagnosed at around the age of three or before. Sometimes, it the signs and symptoms of autism can go unnoticed by the parents if they are not very obvious. High functioning autism types like Asperger is one of those autism types that do not show signs that are very obvious. Other than that, the classic autism symptoms are rather apparent. Regardless of which type of autism the child has, there are some ways to pick up these signs and symptoms of autism. Parents should be more informed about autism to know how to diagnose it as early as possible.
Most of the time, parents are the ones who notice the symptoms of autism, although sometimes, it may be the doctors who pick up the signs before the parents do. Symptoms of autism can be seen as early as the age of one. Children with autism may display symptoms like being slow in communication or not speaking at all. They may use repetitive motions and play alone. They are also very sensitive to touch and sound. Any over or under stimulation will trigger a tantrum. They also display a dislike for change and any small changes may just make them cry. They seem oblivious to people and the environment around them as well, often ignoring people and avoiding eye contact with strangers. They may also be slow in their movements.
There are a few ways to test if the child is autistic. First of all, a hearing test is done to make sure that the child is not speaking due to hearing problems. Once that is done, there is also genetic testing to check for any explanation for the delay in the child’s development. The child may also be tested for seizure disorders.
When all of the above tests have been done and shown negative, then autism is diagnosed by behaviors. The type of autism can be determined by a study of the child’s behaviors, communication and social patterns. This will help to diagnose if the child is high functioning or low functioning and the appropriate treatment and care can be given to the child.
As soon as parents see any possible symptoms of autism in their child, they should get it diagnoses as soon as possible. An earlier diagnosis can help the child get treatment at an earlier age and improve the child’s life. Usually children with autism are diagnosed by the age of four, though some may be earlier. Although there is no cure for autism, an early treatment is best for both the child and parents.
Source by Jen Miller
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