How do you recognize the symptoms of autism and how exactly is it diagnosed? These are good questions and as autism increases throughout the United States, it has never been more important to know the tell-tale signs to identify it.
When it comes to recognizing and diagnosing autism, time is not on your side. It is important to gather as much information as you possibly can, so you can make an accurate and intelligent decision about how to move forward with treating your child's autism. Understanding how to identify the symptom is arguably the most important thing to know. Let's take a look at the symptoms and diagnosis of autism.
When it comes to common symptoms, some of the most notorious ones are social delay and relationship problems, verbal and mental development delays and limited interest in physical and mental activities. While every child is different, every autistic child will likely have one or more of these symptoms that is observable.
As the child grows older, the symptoms may become more severe and noticeable. Since autistic children have special needs both socially and developmentally, it is important to start treatment and learning how to live with the disorder as soon as possible. Waiting to get help will only cause more problems, as your child becomes more frustrated and feels more isolated.
Getting diagnosed is based entirely on observation. A child who has problems with hearing, odd or eccentric behavior, or mental development problems can indicate autism. These types of symptoms can easily be confused with other illnesses and problems, but having a medical professional observe and diagnose the child is the best way to get it positively identified as autism. Do not try to diagnose it yourself, instead have a medical professional test the child.
Having your child diagnosed with autism, is mostly a lifestyle change and certain changes need to take place. Children will need to be placed on certain diets in many cases, be supervised more than other children and get the necessary treatment and support for their condition.