What Is Autism
What Is Autism
As of December 2021, according to a recent study done by the CDC, about 1 in 44 children in the United States has been diagnosed with Autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a different, not less, processing system and a difference in the way a child’s brain develops that can affect their communication, social skills, and behaviors.
As stated by the CDC, “There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.”
It’s important to know that Autism is neurological, meaning it affects the brain and/or nervous system, and the symptoms vary from person to person. No two people with Autism have the exact same symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. There is no direct cause for and no cure for Autism, although there are options to help manage certain symptoms, such as behavioral, occupational, and psychological therapies. The best way to learn about someone with Autism, is to get to know them, by entering their world rather than waiting for them to fit into yours.
Early Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms generally appear in the early stage of childhood, before the age of three. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and typically lasts throughout a person’s life. Early intervention in a child’s life has proven to be better for long-term development and can play a significant role in the positive development of the child. The sooner you realize the symptoms, or acknowledge that there’s a possibility your child may have Autism, the sooner you can get them the help they’ll need to thrive and gain the necessary skill to live a fuller life.
The truth is, denial only hurts the child and causes greater risk for a more difficult life for them in the future. As a Parent, you are the child’s first line of defense, their first advocate. It can be overwhelming, there is so much information out there, but educating yourself is vital. Learn the signs and create an action plan. If you are looking for more information or help, please check out the National Autism Association’s S.P.O.T. ASD By 3 Checklist here!
You are not alone!