Autism is a lifelong developmental disability and characterised by restrictions in communicating, both verbal and nonverbal. It is considered a spectrum condition due to the fact that all suffers will share similar characteristics of the disorder but the condition will affect them in different ways. It can very often be referred to as Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which also includes Asperger’s syndrome and childhood autism. The condition affects how a person interacts with others, how they verbally communicate and very often their behavioural traits.
Triad of Characteristics in Autism
A sufferer of ASD can find it difficult communicating with others which is a main characteristic, as they can often take what they are saying as literal, there are no grey areas everything that is spoken seems to be black and white. They tend not to understand irony or metaphors and are lost with sarcasm. People’s body language and emotions don’t seem to register and they find it challenging when it comes to facial expressions and people’s tone of voice. People with autism cannot distinguish between people’s feelings and they do not know how to react in certain situations. A sufferer of ASD find it equally as problematic as expressing their own feelings and may act strangely to others as they try to process how they are feeling. The fact that social interaction is one of the second of three characteristics of autism explains why some sufferers find it difficult when it comes to forming friendships as they often do not know how to deal with situations. And the third obvious characteristic of ASD is social imagination and behaviour. Life is a learning process and we are constantly learning even though we don’t know. Learning how to act towards others allows us to develop socially, if we can’t understand or predict how others will react and find it difficult to imagine situation that are not part of everyday routine then we face difficulties with social imagination. That is not to say people with ASD have little imagination as they may have more imagination skills than others they may just struggle with it.
Claiming for Autism Misdiagnosis
Symptoms and characteristics of ASD are broad and as suffers share similar tendencies they are affected differently and some may be affected more mildly than others and some sufferers may go undiagnosed. If you have experienced an undiagnosis of autism you may wish to speak to no win no fee medical negligence solicitors MedicalNegligenceAssist. Most law firm now offer a free consultation so that your case can be reviewed and your chances discussed before any forms and contracts are entered into. After the consultation you will have time to discuss between the relevant parties if you wish to go ahead and you will receive all the information needed in a case such as a claim case.
Detecting Autism Early
Diagnosing autism maybe difficult as the signs are not always present and apparent. If a child is suffering with autism they should be diagnosed by the time they are between 2- 3. Some children with autism have trouble reaching certain millstones when developing, it is normal for babies and children to develop differently at certain ages but they usually catch up at some point, if these delays are longer than expected this may become a concern. Early signs of autism maybe if a baby does not make eye contact with the mother especially when feeding, doesn’t smile or laugh in situation where other babies might, may not respond to their name even though their hearing is fine, does not like to be cuddled and does not respond to different emotional situations. A delay in speech may show a risk to autism although many children suffer with delayed speech but do not go on to have autism.
Detecting autism as early as possible is paramount as babies learn and develop more in those first few years than any other part in their life. Their brains are like sponges soaking up the world around them and early intervention and treatment can help a child with autism massively.
Signs in Children with Autism
If a child with autism is not diagnosed during the child’s toddler years it can become increasingly difficult to diagnose as the symptoms may become more diverse. The signs are there and there may be many of them they just become more difficult to distinguish against and connect to autism as they revolve around difficulty in social interaction, find it hard when communicating and behaviour which may seem different to how other children their age behave. Often these signs may just be recognised as children growing up and familiarising themselves with the world especially if they only show mild symptoms. If the signs are more severe and the child lives in ‘their own world’ hardly interacting and playing with other children, prefers not to be cuddled or show affection, does not show feeling especially in an emotional situation and chooses not to respond to others then diagnosis is made more easily.
If a child suffers from autism it may not always be easy to identify it straight away unless it is in a severe form. Often the child may be monitored and the parents asked question to identify if any characteristics are present. A parent knows their own child best so it is important that a child’s development is monitored and parents are aware of any red flags. Investigation into possible causes for mile stone delays cannot hurt to look in to and most probably turn out to be nothing at all. Using website such as helpguide.org can be useful.