Autism is a common disorder that many people have heard about, but don't necessarily know what it might actually entail or what can generally be expected from an autistic person. As a result, this often leads to a common misunderstanding of the disorder, misdiagnosis, and even fear of the behaviors or symptoms themselves. However, one may be able to gain insight to shed some light on the subject by learning about what they can expect or look out for with their own loved ones.
The disorder is one that generally develops at birth, but may not show symptoms or signs until the ages of two or three years old. It's a fairly common disorder that is increasingly on the rise, with it shown to be something that impacts 1 in every 110 people to date, and is something that's often being in boys than girls. However, autistic children appear quite normal on the surface, making it hard to determine whether or not they suffer from the disorder until behavioral traits begin to show, which can generally vary from person to person.
It's quite typical for the disorder to be diagnosed along with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome, which are often where a person may speak normally, but can show similar traits of an autistic person. This is often when it comes to mental or behavioral traits, such as social awkwardness and so forth.
In the past, it was commonly accepted as a cruel twist of fate for a person to suffer from autism, but there are fortunately a number of treatments that may potentially offer help these days. However, much of this depends on the situation, the person, and the severity of their symptoms. Some treatments may offer a significant amount of improvement, while others may not, but many believe early treatment can potentially provide a better overall success rate.
It's often that a E-2 checklist is used by professionals and parents in order to try and diagnose the spectrum of autism a child might have. This was originally designed to check for classroom autism, or Kanner's syndrome, by Dr. Bernard Rimland. The checklist is often then gone over and checked by a specialist in order to figure out the likely next course of action for each individual.
Symptoms for the disorder can generally vary, though might include a person resisting affection such as cuddling or hugging, not responding to their name, poor eye contact, and may often retreat into their own world or appear aloof. In other cases, they may not be aware of another person's feelings. They may also learn to talk much later than other children do, lose the ability to speak once-learned words or phrases, or speak in a manner that's verbatim or repetitive.
Other symptoms may be signs of touch, sound, or light sensitivity, hyperactivity, repetitive motions or gestures, and a strong fascination with certain objects in a manner that might seem out of the norm. They may also fall into ritualistic habits or routines that cause them to be upset if those rituals happened to be altered or disturbed.
If you suspect that a loved one may have autism, then researching further symptoms, causes and so forth may be a good place to start. In the end, however, seeing a professional who specializes in the disorder may be able to offer you some assistance with treatment and coping with the situation more effectively.