AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
WHAT CAN WE LEARN?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD ) is a developmental disability caused by a brain abnormality. This means that no two people with autism will have exactly the same signs or symptoms. Each individual experiences variable combinations of symptoms; some people will have mild symptoms while others will have severe ones.
A person with AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER typically has difficulty with social and communication skills.
AT WHAT AGE IS AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER NOTICEABLE?
Autism is a complex developmental disability that presents itself during the first three years of a person’s life.
The condition is the result of a neurological disorder which affects the normal brain function in the area of communication development and social interaction skills.
Reportedly, Health Care Professionals and Teachers are being trained to improve their ability to detect signs of Autism at an earlier age.
A person with AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER will typically prefer to stick to a set of behaviors and will resist any change to daily activities. Studies show that relatives, teachers, and friends of people with AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER made comments that,
“if the person knows a change is coming in advance, and has time to prepare for it, the resistance to the change is either gone completely or is much lower.”
SOCIAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
A person with AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER interacts very different when compared to the rest of the people. When the symptoms are not severe, they may seem socially clumsy, comments may be offensive or out of sync with everyone else.
If the symptoms are more severe, the person could seem not interested in other people at all.
A person with autism may often miss the cues we give each other when we want to get someone’s attention.
They may be interested in talking to a particular person or group of people, but do not have the social, playing or talking skills to become fully involved. Patients with AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER make very little eye contact.
Health care professionals and teachers are being trained to improve their ability to detect signs of autism at an earlier age. In many cases, if the symptoms are not severe, the patient can be taught that eye contact is important for most people, and they will remember to look at people in the eye.