Autism By: Kaity O’Hara
Social Interaction Symptoms • Failure to establish relationships with kids their own age. • Lack of empathy. Many people living with autism have a hard time understanding feelings. • Problems developing non-verbal communication skills like eye-to-eye gazing, facial expressions, and posture.
Verbal and Non-verbal communication Symptoms • Delay in learning to talk ( 40% of autistic people never speak). • Problems starting a conversation and ending it. • Stereotyped and repetitive use of language. • Someone may not understand the use of humor because they have difficulty understanding the other persons perspective.
Limited Interest in Activities and Play Symptoms • Autistic people may focus on a particular part of a toy or game. For example, they might play with the fire trucks ladder and not the whole toy. • A need for sameness and routines.
When do you first notice autism? • Parents usually notice autism in their child during the first 3years. • Sometimes it’s even present at birth. Signs can be very hard to distinguish during infancy. • Parents may be concerned when the child doesn’t like to be held all the time, doesn’t enjoy peek-a-boo, certain games, and does not learn to talk.
Links • http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-symptoms • http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.lucinafoundation.org/assets/downsyndrome1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.piforums.net/forum180/4363-3.html&usg=__D3BuAaxJVZRc88Y_FAqQ6ahEII0=&h=477&w=393&sz=35&hl=en&start=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=sygsAItFHI0J4M:&tbnh=129&tbnw=106&prev=/images%3Fq%3Done%2Bcreased%2Bhand%2Bautism%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26tbs%3Disch:1