Every parent out there wishes only the best for their child. They want them to have a good health, an excellent future, and a happy life. What child or parent does not want that?
However, one morning it just strikes you. Your child, who is just about to turn 3 still does not response to you, and does not interact with other kids like they should be. This would alarm any parent and get you to start wondering if your child may have autism .
Any parent would be alarmed.
You have probably heard of autism right? One thing to remind you is that this is not an infection or some kind of crazy contagious disease. It is in fact a condition in which the brain of the child develops a bit differently. As a result the child has a system that is affected and the condition manifests itself through the lack of socialization or integration that your child exhibits.
It is said to occur to 1 child out of every 700. It is more common in boys compared to girls and you will see the signs manifest themselves at early stages in the child’s life. Make sure you are cautious of your child’s behaviors and how they respond to things!
How does one detect autism?
You might be wondering how autism can be detected in your child. Well the signs can come as early as 18 months and as late to 3 years of age. Look to see if your child has any difficulty in the following scenarios. If they do, it may be time to consult the doctor.
Check to see if your child have/is:
- Lack of Eye Contact – If the child cannot look at you straight in the eye when you try to communicate with them.
- Lack of Social Skill – Does your child avoid other kids or automatically shy away from them when they play?
- Lack of Communication Skill – Are there words that your child cannot say or that have to be said over and over until they can understand or make sense of the word?
- Lack of Imagination – Can your child not handle make-believe games?
- Hard to Accept Changes – Does your child find it difficult when it comes to making changes to their routine?
- Repetitive – Does your child have certain motor movements or mannerisms that they just do on repeat for no clear reason?
You should also know that babies can sometimes actually show off signs of autism. These signs include:
- Lack of Interaction – Babies that do not play or show any interaction with other babies.
- Too Calm Babies – Babies that are too calm. Is your baby sleeping or able to lie for hours with no crying?
- Lack of Eye Contact – Look to see if the baby does not look you in the eye. It could be a sign of autism especially if the baby would rather look at moving objects or mechanical objects.
How does one address this condition of autism?
If your child does have autism, you must be thinking about how to address it. First of all, you have to know that the cause of autism is unknown, even today. Therefore, do not blame yourself or feel that you were neglectful in any way in regards to taking care of your child or that you did something wrong during pregnancy.
Since the cause is unknown, you must now realize that there is no clear treatment for autism.
Even so, the best thing as a parent that you can do is to address the problem. Consult a doctor or expert in the field who can help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. You might have to adjust to a lifestyle that will fit the needs of the child. That adjustment will require plenty of patience. Place the child in a special education school. If your child has a mild case of autism, you might be able to place them in an ordinary school setting. However, be sure to inform their teacher and the principal of the condition.
Just remember that you have quite a special kid! He/she is special because his/her abilities are different from normal kids of their age. Give them the care and special treatment that they need. Stay by their side when needed. Best of all, is to shower your child with lots and lots of love.