Facts about Autism

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Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder. There are many slightly different definitions of this disorder. The diagnosis your child will receive may be one of five:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder(ASD)

Asperger’s Syndrome

Pervassive Developmental Disorder

High Fuctioning Autistic


There are a triad of impairments these are:

Social Skills



The experts believe that genetics and the environment (MMR vaccination, antibiotics, lack of essential mierals and others) could all play a part.

Around 40-50% of children with autism never develop speech.

Facts about Autism

The onset appears to vary, with some parents noting early signs of autism at birth while others say that their child is developing normally then regress between the ages of 1 and 2. For a checklist of symptoms and characteristics.

Many children on the autism spectrum have difficulty with digestive problems, including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome,yeast overgrowth syndrome, and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). This could be a cause of the very picky eating that we see, a special diet could be considered, some people have seen a vast improvement after changing their child’s diet.

Toilet training can be a problem and may remain a problem for life.

Sleep deprivation is something that can affects both the child and the whole family.

Other problems can be thumb sucking, biting and picking skin and spots, and then of course we need to look at safety in the home which can be essential for these children for many years, and can mean you get some much needed peace if you know that your child is safe. You may also notice that your child may be clumsy, and may be overly sensitive to sound, smells touch and taste, sending your child into a meltdown as they are unable to cope with the sensory overload. You will learn to become a detective, searching out those thieves that steal your child’s peace.

It is really important for these children to be diagnosed as early as possible as early interventions can really help. A child with autism will always have autism however they can both learn and improve.

Some children will be able to attend normal schools with additional help while others may need to be in a special school. Some autistics may have special skills in music or math, computer skills, or art and should be encouraged to pursue these special abilities and interests. Educating your child around these interests may be the best way for your child to learn.

As adults, some may live with parents and some in small homes with carers, others may lead more independant lives with some help. Some hold down jobs, some good areas are computer programming, scientist, engineers and many others.

There are many famous people with autism and we must remember that each of our chilren is an individual and each will have different needs and abilities. Our job is to help them to achieve and live life to their fullest potential.