According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 36 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is typically diagnosed in early childhood, but some individuals may not be diagnosed until adolescence or later. In this blog post, Team Select will discuss identifying signs of autism in childhood, the importance of early diagnosis, and how parents, loved ones, and caregivers can support their children with autism during Autism Acceptance Month.
What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), more commonly referred to as autism, is a developmental disability that may cause challenges or differences in communication, social interaction, and behavioral understanding.
“People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention. It is important to note that some people without ASD might also have some of these symptoms. But for people with ASD, these characteristics can make life very challenging.” – CDC
What Are The Signs Of Autism, And How Can You Identify ASD?
“The autism diagnosis age and intensity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, behaviors become obvious as late as age 2 or 3.” – Autism Speaks
While Team Select must note that professional evaluation and consultation are essential to diagnose your child properly, below are a few signs that may help you identify autism.
Your infant/toddler is:
- Not displaying or avoiding eye contact.
- Not exhibiting facial expressions showing they are happy, sad, excited, worried, curious, or angry.
- Not responding to their name.
- Having difficulty verbally communicating.
- Repeating the same words over and over.
- Displaying obsessive behavior and having trouble with change in their routines.
- Having sensory sensitivity.
All of these may be signs of autism. However, while there are common signs of autism, not all infants or toddlers with autism will display these symptoms or be the same.
Additionally, suppose your child is exhibiting unusual play patterns, having difficulty with imaginative play, and not handling social situations like their peers. In that case, these may be signs of autism to watch as they age.
When Is The Right Time To Consult With A Medical Professional?
While there is no perfect time, it’s important to note that the earlier your child can get a proper diagnosis, the more time you and your family have to research appropriate resources, schedule consultations, and ensure your child or loved one has all the support and help they need to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Why Is Early Diagnosis Important?
Early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can lead to early intervention and support, significantly improving the developmental outcomes and quality of life for children with autism.
How Can You Continue Supporting Your Loved One That Is Showing Signs Of Autism?
As a parent of a child with autism, you play an essential role in supporting their growth and development.
Some things you can do to continue supporting your child or loved one with autism include:
- Educating yourself and your family members about autism spectrum disorder.
- Providing a structured routine.
- Encouraging open communication.
- Seeking specialized services and support such as therapy and additional assistance in a school setting.
- Advocating whenever and wherever possible – especially during Autism Acceptance Month!
Team Select Home Care offers long-term and short-term support for individuals with autism and their family members. Proudly offering:
- Home Health Care
- Long-Term Pediatric Care
- Long-Term Adult Care
- Pediatric Therapy
- Mobile Outpatient Therapy
- Mobile Physician Services
Learn more about how we can support your loved one with autism today!
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