Surviving Autism in Your Family
Surviving Autism in Your Family
Autism is a disability affecting human development. Daily life can be extremely hard for those living with an autistic child or adult.
Most of us don't understand this condition and how everyone around it is affected. Autism is usually diagnosed in children
between the ages of of 18 to 36 months. Autism can be very difficult to diagnose since there are no physical signs.
Autism affects people in many different ways and thus it is known as a spectrum disorder.
Autism will not be noticeable until the time when children should be developing their speaking and understanding skills. Autism is a disorder that is now more common than Down syndrome. It is more common in boys than in girls and there is no cure.
While there is no specific cause of autism, several factors are thought to contribute to the disorder. There are certain differences in the brain that can be linked to genetics and biochemical problems.
Food allergies are also thought to be a factor in the cause of autism. The symptoms of autism are typically a lack of social and communication skills. Each child experiences these problems differently, but it is a common trait.
Some children experience a reduced rate of learning these communication skills, while others will seem to be developing normally and begin to regress at some point, usually before 36 months.
Children with autism do not engage in pretend games that require active imagination. They are generally withdrawn and stay away from other children. Another sign of autism is that the child will exhibit repetitive
behavior like moving back and forth.
In severe cases the child may not speak at all, whereas in other cases they will display normal growth but at a slightly slower rate. Handling autism cases in the family can be very exhausting and draining, both mentally and physically.
It is very difficult to live with a child with autism. As a result many parent remain withdrawn from friends and families. There are many support groups available who offer help to deal with the problems that come in life when autism is there.
Every child is different and thus the treatment tried will have different results. Though there is no cure for autism, various options are available to be tried to improve the communication skills of your child.
A possible treatment could be to include the child with autism in the class with normal children. Some children respond well to classes with other autistic children. Each situation must be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Speak to your doctor to determine several types of treatments and go with the one that works best for your child and for you. Before trying any possible treatment one must discuss it with your doctor.
Help must be taken from online forums in case required. It is a scary prospect to live with a child with autism but it has been seen that these children can also lead a full and happy life.
It is possible to deal with
this disease and not inhibit your life too much by educating oneself and other around you.
Article was submitted by
Melinda Printon for publication.
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