Most people do not know anything about autism and therefore fail to recognize any signs of autism in their children. In the past, autism awareness was almost unheard of where people believed it was a very rare occurrence among a very few people but today doctors and specialists are beginning to find that autism is a lot more common than we think. Due to the lack of autism awareness, many parents rarely ever recognize the signs of it at a young age and usually brush off any minor signs as simply hyper activeness or simply naughtiness however, if help is not sought early, autistic traits can only get worse. Autistic children can be very hard to manage if the parents of the child are not aware of the correct ways of handling an autistic child and this can lead to parents getting angry and losing their tempers with these seemingly naughty children making things a lot worse. It is important to remember however that children are perfectly capable of living good and successful lives with autism. There are different strands of autism and it can be anything from mild autism to serious autism. With mild autism, it is common that the autism will remain undiagnosed.
Although autism is not completely curable, there are many treatments available that make it very manageable. Delayed speech is one of the most common early signs of autism and this is treatable by a speech pathologist who will use special methodology to help the child to learn to speak. Most parents wait until the child learns to speak on their own and it is common for the child to say their first words at the age of about twelve months however some children delay a little.
If the child has not started speaking by about eighteen months, it is always advisable to take the child to a speech pathologist Melbourne who will conduct various tests to find out if the reason for the child not talking is autism or something else.
Symptoms to look out for
There are many signs of autism in babies and children that you can look out for from the first few months of a baby’s life. One of these signs is failing to make eye contact with anyone and also not responding to a people’s smiles and facial expressions like they should. These signs should become apparent with time. Another sign is if your child does look an object that you are pointing to or if your child doesn’t point out objects for you to look at.