ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects how the individual processes information, thinks, acts and reacts. Autism Spectrum Disorder is normally diagnosed in early childhood.
After a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) many parents are left confused and anxious, wondering how the diagnosis of ASD will affect their child and family life.
No two people on the spectrum will ever be the same, and so the symptoms of autism will vary between individuals. However generally kids with autism will display social awkwardness lack imagination skills and communication difficulties, this can cause issues with maintaining friendships and so on.
Kids with autism generally find it hard to make any sense of their environment.
Studies show that in some kids with autism symptoms may not present themselves until the child is between 1 -2 years of age.
What is autism? Here is a list of some of the possible symptoms of autism you may have noticed in your ASD child:
- An ASD child may lack the ability to direct an-other person’s attention to what they want or need. Unlike a normally developing child, who will point or gesture towards the object in question.
- Kids with autism rarely adjust their gaze to look at objects, and lack the inclination to look at something they are being directed towards.
- An ASD child may have communication difficulties and find sustaining or beginning conversations difficult.
- Sometimes kids with autism will be slow developing speech and sometimes speech may never actually begin.
- They may engage in repetitive behaviours…for example repeating a TV commercial or rhyme etc.
- They may confuse simple language terms like wait a minute, or hold on a second and take this as literal. The ASD child may also use language in the wrong context, for example they may refer to themselves by name in a conversation or sentence, not by saying “I”; i.e. rather than saying “can I have a biscuit”, they may say “Ben wants a biscuit” and so on…
- On occasions an autistic child may prefer to communicate by gesture rather than using speech.
Many autistic children struggle with social situations and may therefore prefer solitary play. The ASD child may have difficulties maintaining and starting friendships with peers difficult. Autistic children and autistic people in general have difficulties in making eye contact which can make encounters difficult!
Generally an autistic child will struggle with interactive games and pretend play, failing to see what the point of the activity or game is.
Autism what is it? Understanding your ASD child and forming appropriate ASD strategies is very important and will make the difference in helping your autistic child reach his or her full potential
There are many ASD strategies to help kids with autism understand the world they live in…
One very effective way of accomplishing this is by the introduction of visual support tools such as autism social stories
Autism Spectrum Disorder is being diagnosed far more these days. Research into pervasive developmental disorder has suggested that using visual support tools such as autism social stories has impacted on the lives and families of those diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder such as ASD
(Autism Spectrum Disorder)
ASD strategies such as autism social stories are used for all situations and activities the ASD child may be confused by or struggling with, for example: Going to the dentist, the death of a loved one, a new car, brushing their hair.
Social stories answe the “wh” questions - who, where, why, when and what as well as How and give an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked wakness in kids with autism. Autism Social Stories act like a role model or visual support plan detailing the skill or situation in a manner the autisti child will understand and will give appropriate direction to help the ASD child cope with and dela with the situation or skill.
For immediate download of autism social stories visit: www.autismsocialstories.com
Or alternatively visit any of the following sites for more information and social stories.