Since there are different variations of autism symptoms in children, there has been considerable overlap among people, which has led to the concept of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
1 out of every 68 children are affected by ASD in the U.S, and occur mostly among boys compared to girls. While most reports indicate autism to be on the rise, it’s unclear if the growing number is due to actual increase or improved detection of the condition.
However, it is very important for parents to get their children get tested early, because early detection can significantly help in the development of such children, especially in social and language skills.
A Guide to Different Signs of ASD
It comes without saying that each child exhibits different signs of ASD. But the symptoms can mostly be classified into:
- Social interaction
- Interests and behavioral pattern
Some children may show delay in development since birth, whereas others may be perfectly okay, until they lose all their social and communication capability, suddenly. Others may develop all the skills to express, only to demonstrate unusual behavior and interest.
Parents are usually the first to notice these weird signs in their children, but the diagnosis of autism gets delayed by doctors who push it away by saying it’s a ‘phase’ or ‘ minor development delay’. Parents who notice autism symptoms in children need to get their children’s condition detected by professional autism experts, who can then guide them through the child’s development.
It’s only recently that ASD has been given their different types by the American Psychiatric Association. According to the APA, the four main types of ASD are:
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Pervasive developmental disorder
- Autistic disorder
- Rett syndrome
Children with this syndrome often get obsessed with a topic or object. They try to learn everything they can about the topic or object and want to talk about it non-stop. However, their social skills are impaired and have uncoordinated communication.
Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Children with this disorder have impaired social skills like all others, but have a better communication skills. They have better language skills than children with autistic disorder, but lesser than children with Asperger’s syndrome.
Children with Autistic Disorder have more rigid conditions when diagnosed for autism. They have more social and communication problems, often accompanied with mental retardation and seizures.
Children with Rett syndrome often exhibit autistic like behavior but are caused by a genetic mutation and unrelated to ASD.
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