Is my Child Autistic?

Autism is a popular topic in the news and especially on social media.

Several celebrities have came out and told the world about their Autistic children and this is causing more people to be aware of Autism, and to question whether their child is Autistic.

Looking on social media, it can appear that some parents seem rather overly-enthusiastic to have their child diagnosed. Many who are unfamilar with what might amount to normally weird children will inevitably be self-diagnosing incorrectly. We must be realsitic and accept that all children are different, and some are just weird, or go through weird phases.

However, generally nobody wants to think that something could be wrong with their child. However, people watch a news report, or hear someone talking about a child that has Autism and they may start to question their own childs normality.

The symptoms of Autism are numurous and they vary in each child. It is improtant to remember that just because you see some symptoms of Autism in your child that this does not mean they are Autistic.

There are other medical conditions that have the same symptoms and some children are late on their developmental milestones. Each child develops at their own rate and not all abilities develop equally. In some children the distribution of ability ratios varies widely, and often this will begin to normalise as the child grows older.

Just because your child is not talking by the time they are one-year-old does not necessarly mean for certain they have Autism.

In theory it takes several qualified medical professionals to diagnose a child with Autism. In practice, well, I guess this varies. This should not be done with one appointment at the pediatrician. You will have a team of health care providers evaluating your child. The earlier you have your child evaluated the better the chances of treatment helping the child.

Finding out if your child is Autistic can take time and can be a very frustrsting experience for everyone involved. Once you find out if your child is Autistic you can begin the process of treatment, or finding out what is causing your child’s problems if it is not Autism.

Signs that your child needs to be evaluated further include:

1. No eye contact
2. No communication. This can be sounds, or words.
3. Shows no emotions.
4. Does not pretend play.
5. Uses repetitive movements.
6. Have a hard time with schedule changes.
7. Do not respond to you when you are talking to them. This can be with looks or words.
8. Does things over and over again.
9. Loses skills they knew.
10. Develops an attachment to a certain food, or smell. These are sensory issues.

If you see these signs in your child talk to the doctor about them. Getting a diagnosis and treatment plan are very important. At the same time do not worry over every little thing. Some children just take a little longer to reach their milestones.