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What is Autism?

The sound of children playing Red Rover is in the background, and David is alone, sitting on the floor playing.  David struggles immensely with social interaction. He seems very restless, always unsettled. He gets unusually distressed when his routine is changed and often times, he communicates with gestures.  At school, he has an outstanding memory and is exceptionally good in mathematics.  David has autism.

Autism is a condition that is characterized by the difficulty children face when it comes to communicating verbal and non-verbally, social interaction with people and using language.  Even though some patients have difficulty with those skills, some autistic children are exceptionally proficient in math, music, visual skills and art.

This condition usually manifests itself in the early stages of brain development. If you suspect your child might suffer from autism, don’t hesitate to contact MindWorks for an evaluation.

The Symptoms

According to the U.  S.  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 88 children is identified on the autism spectrum.

Autism often manifests during the early stages of brain development. Evident symptoms appear in the 2 or 3 years of age.  This condition is often linked to gastrointestinal disturbances and sleep issues.

Although there is a wide range of symptoms in the autism spectrum, some of the most common signs include:

  • In the early stages of infancy, unresponsiveness to people or indented focus on a single item for long periods of time.
  • Eye contact avoidance
  • Failure to respond to their name
  • Difficulty with social interaction.
  • Start speaking at a later time than other children.

These are the most common signs of autism.  However, it is recommended that you consult with a professional since the symptoms vary.