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Characteristics of Childhood Autism

When you’re a new parent, even if it’s your second or third child, you will still tend to track your child’s development. Parents will watch for the child to reach the age appropriate milestones. This can of course vary in children, and some will say that even gender plays a role. For example, some parents will insist that boys walk later than girls do. Events like these shouldn’t go unnoticed, even if they are few months late. Noticing how soon your child walks, talks or even how well he or she begins to interact is important in ensuring your child’s development grows.

There can be other aspects of your child’s developments that should be noticed. While your child can be slower in developing certain milestones, they may also seem well above there years in others. If as a parent you have notice a delay in your child’s development it can be beneficial to look for characteristics of autism present. Knowing what these characteristics look like, can help parents in judging whether or not the child needs further screening by a health care professional.

Strengths Exhibited

Children with autism can exhibit strengths in certain areas of development. These areas can be things like reading skills, motor skills, drawing skills or even exceptional memory. A parent can tell if a child has a natural aptitude or if it is more than that. Even an exemplary music skill can be more than just a talent.

Weakness Exhibited

Children with autism show issues in several areas. They may present as a weakness in behavioural tendencies, have impairments in social relationships, and may depend on routine immensely. Parents may also that there child has variability in communication or intellectual functioning. Sometimes children with autism may even present symptoms of immune irregularities and trouble with gastrointestinal regularities. Parents may even notice difficulty toilet training there child, meal times and even sleeping.

Noticing either of these extremities can be cause for your child to be seen by a professional. However, knowing the difference of these extremities will help define at which point you seek any outside opinion. When the phrase “communication issues” or “impairments of social behaviour” are used it can be confusing to know what that entails. Specific instances of your child being unable to make eye contact with anyone other than you, abnormalities in pitch, stress, rate, rhythm, and intonation of speech, and even the inability to speak. All of these types of issues can be cause for concern. Knowing when to seek professional help can be beneficial for your child’s further development. Early diagnosis can work to the child’s advantage as well as the parents, avoiding countless frustrations due to confusion and lack of information. Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns with your child’s paediatrician using the resources, information and support available to you will only be helpful towards the outcome of this situation.

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