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How Can I Tell If My Child Has A Form Of Autism?

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

In this article I will try to answer the question that I often hear, and that is how can I tell if my child has a form of autism?

As a parent, different concerns will arise about your children from time to time and it is not unusual to sometimes wonder if there is something going on with your child, particularly if you notice other children are starting to develop and socialise differently to your child.

Over time, changes can become more obvious so it is important to be aware of signs of autism if you have any suspicions.

This article will discuss

· The tell tale signs of autism like behaviour

· What to do if you suspect your child has a form of autism?

Autism like behaviour is characterised by difficulties in social settings and social interactions, verbal and non verbal communication and often repetitive types of behaviours and actions.

As autism is a complex brain disorder, not all of these common characteristics may apply to your child as it depends on the mildness or severity of the case.

Some children are diagnosed with a form of autism as early as two years old. However you may suspect your child is not responding as they should from an earlier age when they are not doing things such as smiling, following with their eyes or body, taking interest in things, pointing, babbling or making attempts at speech.

Over time it will become more obvious that your child is not developing normally so it is important to act fast on any suspicions you have and have your child seen by a professional.

They will be able to conduct an autism screening assessment of your child. Having your child seen at the earliest opportunity affords the best success for your child.

To date studies have shown that early intervention gives the best success for helping your child progress their development and maximise their chances for a good outcome.

In addition to availing of early intervention services, you also need to ensure you have the best "team" for your child who will work well with your child and help bring out the best in him or her.

Since no two children with a form of autism are alike, there will be a certain therapies, treatments and solutions that will work for your child but may be less effective or ineffective for other children with autism. Do not be afraid to keep trying new things but do allow enough time before discounting any therapy or treatment.

If you would like to know more about being the best parent you can be for your special child, download my free guide at

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