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Autism - General Info

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the socialization skills of a child. The cause of autism is unknown, but many scientist and doctors believe that a problem with the central nervous system leads to the onset of autism.

Autism affects the way a child interacts with the world around them. Autistic children are usually withdrawn and seem to live in a world all their own. Many parents become concerned when they see these socially stunted characteristics in their child. However, most parents do not think of autism, instead they seem to focus on deafness.

The signs that may indicate autism include:

• repetitive routines like rocking or hand wringing

• problems with communication

• lack of interest in others

• lack of eye contact

• dislike of cuddling or other body contact

• muteness

• an obsessive need to do things in order

• lack of age appropriate socialization

If you notice one or more of these signs in your child, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your child's pediatrician. While your pediatrician will probably make any diagnoses, he or she will likely refer you to a psychiatrist or other specialist.

A psychiatrist is highly trained at recognizing the signs of autism. He or she will also be able to inform you of the best treatment options for autism.
There is no cure for autism, but with the use of medication, behavioral therapy and education, many autistic children can go on to live independently.

Behavioral therapy usually includes such things as socialization training, like skills training and coping techniques. Children who suffer from autism will need extensive instruction on appropriate ways to interact with other people. They will also have to be taught how to interpret the body language of other people.

Parents will benefit from both therapy and education. Therapy programs will help parents deal with their feelings and with the stress associated with raising an autistic child. Parents will also learn ways to show their feelings to an autistic child in a way that he or she can understand

Parental education will enable parents to learn all they can about autism in order to better help and understand their child. Parents will also learn parenting skills that are unique to parents of an autistic child. Some parental education classes also focus on tips and techniques to make school easier for autistic children. These classes also discuss IEP (Individualized Education Programs) with the parents and prepare them for the details of these programs.

While autism comes in many forms of severity, those children with the milder forms cam benefit greatly from therapy. With early and correct treatment, autistic children can learn to survive and flourish in their everyday lives.

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