The signs of autism
AUTISM IS considered a spectrum disorder, there are many terms to describe children with autism, such as autistic like, high functioning or low functioning, less-abled or more-abled and so on. However, there are certain characteristics typical of children with autism. Here are a few:
-- Avoiding eye contact, lack of interaction with other children and inability to communicate by word or gesture.
-- Inability to accept affection, and problems relating to people, objects and events (the child may resist cuddling or scream when picked up).
-- Violent behaviour towards others, throwing tantrums for no apparent reason.
-- Repetition of others' words and something heard earlier (echolalia).
-- Hyper or hyposensitivity to sensory stimuli such as touch, hearing and smell. (For instance, some children may dislike being touched, some might be hypersensitive to sound, others have an affinity for bright colours).
-- Need for sameness and insistence that the environment remains unchanged.
- Unusual mannerisms such as grimaces, hand flapping, rocking, jumping and often treating others as inanimate objects.
-- Paying attention to minor or insignificant details of an object or a situation and then putting these details together to form a bigger picture.
-- Use of meaningless language and difficulty in understanding abstract language.
-- Difficulty in understanding concepts and limited imagination.
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