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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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.


Play Therapy and Autism

According to Lucy Bowen, Play Therapist and Executive Director of National Association for Play Therapy, India, “Play is important to a child’s development and learning. It isn’t just physical. It can involve cognitive, imaginative, creative, emotional and social aspects. It is the most common way children express their impulse to explore, experiment and understand. Children of all ages play.”

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