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Autism is becoming a common diagnosis, but there are still a lot of questions as to what it is and how to know if your kid has it.

Key Points:

  • Autism has a lot of potentially varied symptoms, so it’s not easy to diagnose.
  • Symptoms have to do with social communication and speech & language.
  • Repetitive behaviors are a symptom. Look for hand gestures or fixtures on specific routines.
  • Food/texture sensitivities are a potential issue.
  • Loud noises or crowded spaces can be a problem for kids with autism.
  • Other kids can be stoic, they won’t seek their parents if they hurt themselves, for example.
  • A lack of desire to share their feelings or interests can be a symptom. These children may seem solitary or detached.
  • If you have concerns, talk with your primary care physician or early-intervention services if you feel that your child’s pediatrician is underestimating or discounting symptoms.

Quote This:

Children with autism are colorful – they are often beautiful, and like the rainbow, they stand out. -Adele Devine

See Also: Communication, Health, Mental Health

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever seen someone who you thought had an autism spectrum disorder? What signs did you see?
  3. Do you know someone with an autism spectrum disorder? Describe that person.
  4. What challenges do you think children with autism face? What challenges do their parents and family face?
  5. What benefits may there be to having or loving someone with an autism spectrum disorder?
  6. What are ways you can help those who have autism spectrum disorders? How can you help their parents, family, or friends?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.