Often making its appearance during childhood, it is extremely difficult for others to comprehend what life is like for someone suffering from autism. Every person deserves to be understood by those closest to them, which the articles below can help you with.
What is Autism (ASD)?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. There are specific symptoms that show that a person has this condition. Children exhibit signs of ASD in early childhood, and pediatricians typically diagnose it from age two and up, although doctors can see symptoms of autism as early as 18 months.
Causes of Autism
The cause of Autism is unknown. The most important step to take is reaching out to medical professionals to get a proper diagnosis, whether it’s your child or you are seeking clarity for yourself. Therapy can help you cope with your symptoms of autism. There’s no cure for autism; however, we can help both adults and children learn behavioral skills to deal with their condition. Counselors and therapists can help, but visiting a general practitioner is a great place to start. They can refer you to the right specialist to move forward with a treatment plan.
Symptoms of Autism in Children
Children who are on the spectrum may have developmental delays with speech or other milestones. Those with ASD have a varying degree of challenges. One thing is sure, children who get early intervention services can learn how to deal with challenging social, academic and behavioral issues. That’s why it’s crucial to find treatment for a child with autism as soon as you can. Children with autism display particular social and behavioral signs such as:
Monotone speech patterns
Taking things literally
Fixation on a particular subject
Trouble initiating conversation and staying engaged in it
Doesn’t respond to their name by one year
The child doesn’t point to objects by 14 months
Trouble with eye contact
Disinterest in peer relationships
Lack of awareness of personal space (in young children)
Lack of variation in facial expressions
Repetitive movements such as tapping, rocking or flapping
Sensory issues such as sensitivity to fabrics
Doesn’t others touching them
Picky eating and texture issues with food
Likes routine and playing the same game
Lining up objects or organizing them
These are a few of the symptoms of ASD you’ll see in children. Remember, your child doesn’t have to have all of these signs to be diagnosed with autism. When the symptoms impede that child’s quality of life in social, emotional or physical development, it’s critical to seek out a diagnosis from a trained medical professional such as a child psychologist, developmental pediatrician or special education teacher. These are three options to start from, and then you’ll be referred to other providers who can assist your child and provide them care. They can also give support to you and your family as you manage the struggles of having an autistic child.
Adults with Autism
We’ve gone over some of the signs that autistic children have. Adults with autism have some of the same symptoms as children, but they have their challenges as well. Here are some of the signs you see in an adult with autism:
Flat or monotone speech
Talk a lot about the same topic
Taking matters literally
Difficulty with interrupting
Trouble with emotional regulation
Rituals or repetitive behaviors
Sensitivity to loud noises
A rigid or structured schedule
A difficulty with changes in routine
Uncomfortable in social situations
Trouble picking up non-verbal cues from others
Difficulty making friends and maintaining relationships
Difficulty understanding other people’s emotions
Adults with autism face many challenges. It’s not easy to navigate those issues, but therapy can help. Adults with autism can benefit from seeing a therapist or counselor where they can talk about their feelings, and discuss their social and emotional challenges. A trained counselor can help them figure out how to navigate social interactions, relationships, and life at work.
Working with an online counselor can support adults with autism develop social skills that will help them function in all areas of their lives. Some online counselors specialize in treating people who are on the spectrum. If you’re a parent of an autistic child, it’s important to talk about what challenges you experience, and your therapist can help you develop a parenting plan, so you communicate well with your child, and help them make and maintain peer relationships. There are challenges that you’ll inevitably face as the parent of a child with autism. It’s helpful to let your feelings out with a trained mental health professional.
The counselors at BetterHelp can help you work through the challenges of autism whether you’re an adult with autism or the parent of an autistic child. Living with autism can be challenging. There's no cure for autism; however, it is possible to learn life strategies to better cope with the condition. Qualified counselors with extensive experience in autism can make actionable plans for you to start living a full productive life.