Autism Misdiagnosis Negligence Claims

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

AutismA 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.

Word Autism Awareness Day

Autism is becoming something that many people around the globe are diagnosed with on a daily basis; it affects kids and adults all around the globe. In the past, it used to be the case that those that lived in third world countries or those that lived abroad and didn’t have access to medical facilities that were trained with knowledge about Autism were never diagnosed. Also, in some cultures like the Middle East, it is something that parents do not like to face up to. In society as a whole, it is not seen as being ‘religious’ to think that something wrong could have happened to your child during the development stage.

AutismIt can also be frowned upon to say something is wrong with a child, and to seek help, because when no physical issue is there, it can be seen that the mother is not accepting of what’ God’ gifted to her. Or, of course it is frowned upon to think that a child is ‘special/ or needs help. In many countries special needs carers and school facilities are few and far between. That is why in 2007 in Qatar, the United Nations declared that the 2nd of April would become world autism awareness day. The campaign was supported by the royal family of Qatar and all the countries that are members of the United Nations joined in and acknowledged the day. It was decided that on this day, a great awareness of the syndrome (which currently affects tens of millions of people globally) would be created.
The idea is to create such awareness, so that people are encouraged to diagnose autism suffers, and of course a strong emphasis is put on the early diagnosis in order to further enhance those that suffer and make sure that they get a better chance of succeeding in life, and taking an active role in society.

The second of April is set up to be able to highlight what is a growing problem globally and to help those that have already been diagnosed with autism to recognise just how special they are. One of the traits of suffers is that they are skilled in one particular area and have extremely high IQ levels. This is of course something that should be encouraged, and emphasised on. World Autism day helps suffers and those that are helping suffers to be able to encourage them to come out and attend social gatherings. Not to be ashamed of the condition, and to be able to recognise that there are so many others just like them. It also helps others that are not aware of the syndrome, to be aware and know what it wrong with people. Also you can view here www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/01/presidential-proclamation-world-autism-awareness-day-2013 Presidential Proclamation — World Autism Awareness Day, 2013.

You can help to participate with world Autism day, by arranging an event in your local community. Suffers of Autism are very often pushed aside, and misunderstood. No one takes time out to learn about the prognosis. If you or someone you know has autism, make sure that you do not forget to celebrate and embrace this on the 2nd of April, by participating in an Autism awareness event close by to you.