Essential Ingredients to Maintaining a Successful Relationship: The ASD Edition

Autistic people are unique and interpret the world differently from other people. Their difference is most evident in their social interactions and ways of communication. Autistic people have their own language and implement systems that match them. If you are in contact with a child or adult who has been diagnosed with autism – ASD, it is important that you learn his / her language so that you can communicate with him and approach him in the right way.

In order to best address these problems of social interaction, it is necessary to clearly identify their nature. They have nothing to do with extreme timidity, nor are they the result of voluntary social withdrawal. The best way to understand is to observe the evolution of an adult completely.

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Autism and Safety: Recognition and Prevention

Universally parents worry about safety when it comes to their children. Those children on the autism spectrum are at a higher risk of being hurt, victimized or wandering off, to name a few concerns that are high on the list. Children and adults with autism seem to have a lower self-preservation ‘instinct’ built in, and their sensory processing does not work to protect them towards safety and crisis prevention.

Nonverbal children and teens are at higher risk of physical and sexual abuse because of their inability to talk back or protect themselves. The abuse rate for children with a developmental disability is 3.4 times the rate of typical children. Sexual predators very well recognize the opportunities for abuse with the nonverbal child who is many times more vulnerable. Predators know there is very little likelihood of their being caught as these victims either will not be able to communicate or they will not be believed. Therefore, the autistic person needs an adult who is present for a twenty-four hour support.

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Developmental Stages of Infants and Children and the ASD Red Flags to look out for

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers vital clues about your child’s development.

Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.

Using the chart below, you can check the milestones your child has reached, every growth stage, until he or she is 5 years old.

The first chart gives you some indicative behaviors of normal growth in children, followed by red flags that you must watch for

in autistic children, for the age group mentioned. If your child displays any of the Autism Spectrum Disease symptoms, do visit your doctor for follow up action. The milestones cover – Physical Development, Cognitive Development, Language Development and Psychosocial Development.


Stages of Adolescence and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Without the right support, adolescents on the autism spectrum retreat into themselves during this period of growth.

They experience loneliness and confusion, and there is an increased risk of depression and suicide during these years as well.

Not only is their social world unpredictable during adolescence; their response to this stress can be equally challenging.


Autism Assessment and Diagnosis

Assessment and Diagnoses of Autism

Finding out that somebody close to you may require assessment into whether they have autism is never an easy process to go through. But it is one that is best done as early as possible.

Early diagnoses of the problem, especially in children, can lead to vital interventions that could be potentially life-altering.

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NT and Autism Spectrum Disorder

NT stands for neurotypical or neurologically typical, a term broadly used to describe those not on the Autism Spectrum. Lately the term has been restricted by the scientific community to be those whose neurology is typical, as in not struggling with any developmental disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, or Developmental Coordination Disorder.

Thus a better term for the original definition of NT would be allistic, or nypical which describe someone who is not autistic.


Helping your child recognise feelings (love, attractive, hurt – the whole spectrum)

One of the most heart breaking symptoms of autism spectrum disorder or ASD is the perceived lack of emotional connection.

Autistic people are just not ‘tuned in’ so to speak. This inability is most felt by members of the immediate family, especially parents in the case of autistic children.

It can be hard for a child struggling with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to understand his feelings, let alone the emotional responses and tendencies of others.