How do we detect Autism when we do not fully know the mysteries behind autism There are lot of researches being done in the world and there are scores of kids and adults benefiting from the new studies. But all the leading psychiatrists and psychologists have been unanimously advocating early detection of Autism as the your best chance of effectively overcoming autism’s influence on ones life.
Researchers are developing new ways to detect Autism and now its been recognised that children exhibit symptoms of Autism from an very early age and a trained medical practitioner can diagnose Autism from as early as 18 months. As a parent, one should be aware of the signs to be able to detect them in one’s child so as to make necessary early interventions.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) refer to a group of developmental disorders that appears in the first 3 years of life and includes Autistic Disorder (i.e., autism), Asperger Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Children with an ASD diagnosis show difficulties in three areas: i) language and communication, ii) socialization and restricted interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Many different symptoms can manifest within each of these areas. Severity of Autism may range from mild to medium to severe. Recommended reading What is ASD
The key to detecting autism lies in monitoring the child closely. The parent should watch whether the child is hitting the developmental milestones as a normal child would. It should be noted that while every child grows at his or her pace, and a delay in development does not necessitate autism or any other developmental disorder, parents should not wait for the child to outgrow the problem.
If the child has delay in hitting the milestone, parents should meet their pediatrician and discuss the concerns. The pediatrician is trained to conduct an initial screening and can refer to a specialist psychiatrist if further assessment is required. A child psychiatrist can easily detect autism and would be in a better position to guide you for future treatment.
Some children with autism spectrum disorder start to develop communication skills and then regress, usually between 12 and 24 months. For example, a child who was communicating with words such as “mommy” or “up” may stop using language entirely, or a child may stop playing social games he or she used to enjoy such as peek-a-boo, patty cake, or waving “bye-bye.” Any loss of speech, babbling, gestures, or social skills should be taken very seriously, as regression is a major red flag for autism.
The following delays warrant an immediate evaluation by your child’s pediatrician:
The best way for parents to detect autism would be to watch closely the childs milestones and consult the paedtrician if you find anything that need to be discussed.
Hi! I am an ex-Digital Marketing Consultant, currently pursuing my M.A. Psychology(ABA) at McNeese State University, Louisiana. My son was diagnosed with ASD in Nov 2016 and this has changed my world. Most of us don't know what exactly is Autism. The biggest concern for autism is late detection which is related to low awareness. It's a fact that early detection and intervention is the only way to combat autism. Hoping to spread the message of autism through online and other activities.