Why My Child Has Autism?
Why My Child Has Autism?
What is autism?
A very well-known developmental disability, autism results from a neurological disorder that greatly affects the normal functions of the brain. Because of the disruption in how the brain should be normally wired, the development of an autistic person’s social interaction and communication skills are severely slowed down. People who suffer from this disability also have difficulty with non-verbal communication and activities that have to do with play and banter.
Kids who have autism find it hard to express themselves using words. As a result, they retreat back to being alone and keeping to themselves since they cannot communicate with other people without someone’s help. Also, those with autism are observed to react to usual environmental phenomena in very unusual ways. For instance, what is perceived to be normal, common sounds may sound too bothersome for someone with autism, causing them to cover their ears. Also, certain tactile sensations may make a person with autism feel uncomfortable.
People with this disability have trouble establishing connections that normal people easily make. For instance, if one sees another person smile, it is generally perceived that the person is happy, friendly, or having fun. However, a person with autism may not be able to connect the smile with being happy or friendly.
Another difficulty for someone with autism is word-meaning associations. Autistic people find it hard to understand people who speak out words because in essence, they do not know what the words mean. This also makes it incredibly hard for them to express their own thoughts, since they cannot find the right words to represent how they feel at the moment they want to express themselves.
What causes autism?
1 in every 150 childrensuffer from autism, but its cause is unfortunately not known. Some scientists believe that autism is hereditary and that the probability of having an autistic child relies heavily on the family’s history with the disease. However, an exact cause remains to be discovered.
How do doctors deal with autism?
Diagnosing an autistic child starts with the parents reporting to the family physician that something is amiss with the way their child behaves. Initially, laboratory tests and other medical tests are performed in order to make sure that the initial suspicious symptoms are not those of another illness. When all lab tests come out clean and normal, they will then start to run group observations together with a team of child psychology, speech, and language professionals. The team will then conduct tests and observations under several simulated and natural conditions in order to arrive at a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis of whether or not a child has autism.
How is autism treated?
There is no known cure for peoplewho suffer from autism. The best that doctors and parents can do is come up with ways on how to help the child overcome daily difficulties or adjust to various social situations. These treatments may come in the form of communication therapies, speech classes, sign language, social skills, life and survival skills, and behavior control. Those with mild autism grow up and actually become independent enough to live on their own, but those with more serious cases will still need assistance in getting through their daily routines. With the help and understanding of doctors, parents, teachers, relatives, and friends, those with autism will still be able to look forward to a brighter future and integration into society.
To Your Child’s Health,
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