Autism

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What is Autism?

 

Autism is considered a Pervasive Developmental Disorder.  These types of disorders are classified by delays in socialization and communication skills. Children with Autism can have a mild or severe form, and all children do not have the same problems or symptoms. It commonly affects social and communication skills.

 

 

Recognizing Autism

 

To spot problems early on, pay attention to your child’s development. Make sure they are hitting the key developmental marks. While delays in development do not always mean your child has Autism, or any other disorder, it can be an early warning sign. Any signs of regression in development is also a serious warning as well.  Contact your doctor if you are concerned or see any signs. Also, it is important to not accept the advice to “wait and see” because the early stages of your child’s life are crucial for improvement of quality of life later on.

 

Early Signs of Autism:

 

  • No eye contact
  • Doesn’t know their name/respond to it
  • Minimal/no reach for affection or being held
  • Doesn’t make any noises or effort to get your attention
  • No effort to mimic facial expressions or gestures

 

Later Signs of Autism:

 

  • No interest of what others are doing around them
  • Not sharing achievements with others
  • Has trouble making friends
  • Doesn’t like to be touched or held
  • Speaking abnormally
  • Has difficulty communicating needs
  • Repeats phrases
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Abnormal posture
  • Follows a strict routine
  • Unusual attachment to objects
  • Has trouble adapting to changes

 

 

Regarding Vaccines

 

Take a moment to read this excerpt from helpguide.org:

 

“While you can’t control the genes your child inherits, or shield him or her from every environmental danger, there is one very important thing you can do to protect the health of your child: make sure he or she is vaccinated on schedule.

Despite a lot of controversy on the topic, scientific research does not support the theory that vaccines or their ingredients cause autism. Five major epidemiologic studies conducted in the U.S., UK, Sweden, and Denmark, found that children who received vaccines did not have higher rates of autism. Additionally, a major safety review by the Institute of Medicine failed to find any evidence supporting the connection. Other organizations that have concluded that vaccines are not associated with autism include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the World Health Organization (WHO).”

 

 

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