“Autism can’t define me. I define autism.” – Kerry Magro
Children who suffer from autism and their parents and carers, often face many challenges every day. Their difficulty in performing the basic tasks and their need to constantly have someone monitor them means life is not a cakewalk for them.
But, what exactly is autism? WebMD says Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disability that affects development in children. Autism in children is characterised by difficulties in development of social skills, language, communication and behaviour. Although, the signs of autism begin to show when a child is between 2 and 3 years old, it can even start earlier when the brain is beginning to develop.
So, how do parents detect autism in the case of a child who is as young as three years of age?
According to an article published in livestrong.com, there are many ways to do this. A few of them are:
- If your child is socially detached, does not engage in play and shies away from a hug.
- By the age of three, most children form words and short sentences. Autistic children may not speak at all, they will talk and stop suddenly and repeat certain words or sounds.
- Autistic children avoid eye contact.
- A constant flapping of hands and obsession with one toy.
Though, raising a child with autism is a long and arduous journey, parents have many options to turn for help. Autistic children deserve equal, if not more, amount of love and care like other normal children of their age. If you are interested in reading more about Autism In Three Year Olds, please flip through the pages of this ClipBook.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life.
Many often-used autism spectrum diagnoses are now out of date. Find out more about the various ways in which autism is diagnosed and described.
Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental disorders that begin in childhood. Symptoms range from mild to severe.
Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas.
Most babies and toddlers who go on to be diagnosed with autism display a lack of responsiveness or reciprocity. They may not coo in response to their parents’ coos.
Children affected with autism have unique needs and often require an in-home therapy program to address them. The unique needs could include many issues such as: managing behaviors, enabling learning, and the ability to work on deficits.
A study has found, the intervention program for very young children with autism some as young as 18 months is effective for improving IQ, language ability and social interaction.
This video shows the progress of a 3-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder in behavior, language, and reading.