First Diagnosed: The Core Symptoms of Autism

Autism symptoms vary greatly between those stricken with autism. Despite this variance in symptoms, there are core autism symptoms that are observed.

Many of these core autism symptoms are seen first in relationship and social interactions among children diagnosed with autism. Some of these core autism symptoms are:

  1. Difficulty in the development of nonverbal communication skills. Body posture, facial expressions, and eye to eye gazing are examples.
  2. Trouble in establishing friendships of children of the same age.
  3. Total lack of interest in others or their achievements.
  4. Devoid of empathy. It is difficult for people with autism to understand other people’s feelings.
  5. Nonverbal and verbal communication. Some of these autism symptoms may be:
  6. Learning to speak. There may be a lack of ability to speak ever. Around 40% of those with autism symptoms never learn to speak. Once a conversation has been initiated, many autism symptoms offers have great difficulty in completing the conversation.
  7. Extreme repetition of words. It is often striking the amount of repetition that autistic child can exhibit. They will repeat certain words and phrases over and over again.
  8. Quite limited interest in play or activities with others. They may focus on certain topics such as sharks or dinosaurs in a very repetitive and unusual way. They also may have a need for the same order and routine in activities of daily living. Also, repetitive flapping and body rocking may be prominent.

How old are children when symptoms of autism are first observed?

In many cases, parents, as well as caregivers will usually notice the symptoms in the first three years of a child’s life. While autism may be present from birth, signs and symptoms are often quite difficult to diagnose. A child may learn to speak, and then suddenly lose the ability to communicate. This will often indicate to the parent something is wrong. At times, the child may totally ignore those and try to speak what he or she, but will pay attention to sounds such as car horns.

Because early intensive treatment is so integral to improving the artistic child’s skills and relating with others in the world around them, early diagnosis is crucial. If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms have your physician evaluate them immediately, as appropriate diagnosis and treatment must be started quickly.

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