What is the meaning of Autism?

Autism or autism spectrum is a developmental disability, it affects the ability to communicate and how people relate to others and their ability to experience the world around them.

Why we call it Autism Spectrum?

It is called Autism Spectrum and it means that kids can suffer from this condition at different level of severity and could be categorize from being subtle to severe.

Autism in Kids:

Around 1 in 100 kids have Autism Spectrum Condition.

Girls:Boys Ratio

Boys tend to have more in number as compared to girls when it comes to Autism Spectrum Condition, their ratio is 1:2 to 1:15 According to various studies.

Cause

Cause of Autism in still under investigation. It is not caused by a single problem of symptoms and some genetic factors may also involve.

Symptoms of Autism Spectrum

  1. Difficulty in communication and social interaction: Autistic kids lack the ability to have meaningful conversation with others and also lack the courage to pay attention. They find the gestures and facial expression of other people bit confusing and that’s why they find it difficult to have a social interaction or communication.
  2. Difficulty in Imaginative Play: Autistic kids find it difficult to imagine certain scenarios of everyday life as normal kids do while playing imaginative play of any sort. They usually repeat certain actions again and again and lack problem solving skills.
  3. Academic Skills: As we have read in point 2 that autistic kids lack social interaction skills, because of this they also lack they ability to work and study in group with other class fellows.
  4. Language Understanding and Skills: Autistic kids find it difficult to understand the language and words and also the concept behind those words like up, down, under, right, left, on and in etc.
  5. Physical Education and Self Care Skills: Autistic kids do find it difficult to take care to basic hygiene like teeth brushing, cleaning and wiping after using toilet and washing hands. Likewise, they also lack some ability for physical skills like catching ball, throwing the ball, holding pen and balancing etc.
  6. Sensory Skills: Autistic kids are either less sensitive to the stimulus (touch, smell, vision, taste or hearing noises) or hypersensitive, depending on the level of autism.

How an Autistic Child Behaves?

  1. Less eye contact
  2. Aggressive if something they don’t like happens and show tantrum and anger in a prolonged way.
  3. Usually communicates in a non-verbal manner like pointing out something they want or take you near to that object or by crying and showing bad moods.
  4. Show anxiety even if little changes happen in everyday routine.
  5. Takes time to learn about potty training and remain unaware of wetting themselves in some cases.
  6. Develop obsession for one specific toy or abject to a very high level.
  7. Play with toys in a very different way, like while playing with cars for example, rather than racing them like other kids do, they prefer to line them up and do the same with all other toys of their interest.
  8. Autistic kids do have disruptive sleep patterns most of the times.
  9. They do one specific action aver and over again like chewing sleeves, flicking fingers, flap hands, move to and fro while sitting or other specific movements and they also show more interest walking on their toes.
  10.  Autistic kids show great anger and dislike towards specific texture of clothes and thing to wear and also to loud noises and sounds.

When to see a Doctor?

If you think that your child might have autism then go to your doctor as discuss in detail. You will be asked to give prolonged history of your child’s behavior. Most of the kids get diagnosed around the age of 6 years.

It is better to get medical help and therapy as soon as possible. There is no specific management and therapy for autistic kids as it depends of their symptoms and severity. So, treatment can vary from child to child as per their condition.

I am sure you all find this article really helpful. I will be sharing more articles about autistic kids and all about dealing with them and about activities for these kids. Please let me know what you all wanted to know about autism and I will share the useful reads accordingly.

14 COMMENTS

  1. This was a very comprehensive article about autism and I am glad I read it. I learned more from you than I have ever before. I did not understand how autism worked and now that I do I feel more prepared. This article is great for parents who may be facing a child with autism spectrum. Do you happen to know why boys are more likely to suffer from it?

    • Hi Melissa, thank you for your comments. The aim of writing this article is to spread awareness among people who have autistic kids and even among those who have no experience so that we all know about his common problem among children.

  2. This was so helpful, i have alwasy been wondering to what exactly it means fro someone to be autistic, I’m glad that now I also know that there are different levels of intensity, I had just assumed that it is similar for everyone.
    I feel like I can look at autism in a completely new way.

    • Hi Richards, thank you so much for your comments, I am glad that you find this article about autism really helpful and you have learned from it and understood this problem in a right way. I am really thankful for your appreciation.

  3. Thank you for writing this easy to understand article. I feel I can better understand and better relate to Autism now. I feel sorry for the kids suffering with this. It must be so hard to not be accepted by your peers and most likely bullied. Dave

    • Hi Dave, thank you so much for your comments. I have written this article in an easy and understandable way to spread the awareness to as many people as possible. It is my pleasure that you find it helpful too.

  4. Hi, Karin and thanks for sharing your knowledge of autism!
    I already learned a lot and hope I can be a more active part of the discussion of this matter in the future.
    The video with the signs of autism gave me more understanding of what’s really autism and what’s not.
    Every effort to enlight this subject in a proper way is worth a lot for a lot of people so thank you again!
    Regards Jan

    • Hi Jan, thank you so much for your appreciation and kind views on this important topic. I am glad that you find it useful.

  5. This article has been really helpful in understanding this signs and symptoms of the autism spectrum. My own knowledge on this developmental disability was limited to a couple of the stereotypical signs. I had no idea that symptoms could present themselves in so many ways and behavioural characteristics. Wonderful article! Thank you

    • Hi Nick, thank you so very much for all your appreciation. It is very important for all of us to know and understand the behavioral problems and illnesses so that we can deal with out fellows and kids in a correct ad kind way.

  6. I didn’t realize that boys are more prone to autism than girls, very interesting. Thank you for the Autism articles you are writing to educate us. I knew someone with Aspergers so this really helps to explain why he acted the way he did.

    • Hi Tammy, thank you so much for sharing your views on this article. I am glad that you find this article really helpful in understanding Autism.

  7. I think a lot of people assume most people with autism are idiot savants, like the character in Rain Man. Sadly, that’s only one kind of autism and it’s quite rare. Most of the time the functionality is far more impaired and a huge amount of medical care is required.

    • Hi Penelope, I agree with you, most of the people think that which is not at all acceptable. This is why I have written these articles on Autism to raise awareness among all our communities about this issue. Thank you so much fr sharing your views on this post.

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