ASD is a a scope of complex neurodevelopment issue conditions, exhibited by social problems, communication challenges and confined, repetitious behavioral patterns. ASD sufferers differ from others in terms of their communication, interaction, behaviors and learning patterns. The severity of this disorder can range from severe to very mild. Some who have received this diagnosis are even gifted. Some need considerable assistance with living their lives, while others require less attention.
One thing is for sure: ASD shows up in all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups. The proportion of children with autism grows every year. Male ASD sufferers surpass females by 4 to 1.
ASD's characteristics include:
"Spectrum" disorders are those in which various symptoms, skills and degrees of impairment or disability are present. At one end of the spectrum, there's only mild impairment. On the other end, a sufferer may be severely impaired.
Those with ASD find it difficult to interact with others socially, often lacking inadequate emotional and communication skills. Maybe they will repeat certain behaviors or will stick with certain daily activities. They may have non-traditional ways to learn, pay attention or react to stimuli.
Three areas in which ASD sufferers find challenges include:
They may also display:
There are no medical tests to diagnose ASD. Instead, medical or mental health providers must examine the person's behavior and development.
Luckily, a diagnosis can be made as early as 18 months and younger. In fact, diagnoses made by age two are considered reliable. Unfortunately, some kids don't receive an official diagnosis until they are older, meaning delayed diagnoses are not uncommon, and may deny kids teh early treatment they need.
There are two steps involved in reaching a diagnosis:
If you suspect your child may have ASD, act now. Contact their doctor. Relay your observations to them. The sooner intervention can happen, the sooner they can get help.
Also, highly consider contacting your state’s public early childhood program. Request a free evaluation to determine if your child qualifies for special intervention services (like a "Child Find" evaluation). These do not require a medical professional’s referral or diagnosis.
For more help, contact the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (919-962-2001) or visit http://ectacenter.org/contact/619coord.asp
The good news is, ASD can respond to some forms of treatment. Many ASD sufferers are no longer inhibited by their condition.
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"There were some advantages to treatment with micronutrients—lower activity level, less social withdrawal, less anger, better spontaneity with the examiner, less irritability, lower intensity SIB, markedly fewer adverse events, and less weight gain."
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often accompanied by self-injurious behavior (SIB), aggression, and tantrums, symptoms that have reportedly improved with micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) treatment. The current study took advantage of naturally occurring differences in parental preferences for treatment approaches. The micronutrient group asked for treatment without pharmaceuticals (n=44, aged 2–28 years at entry [M=8.39+5.58]). Their records were matched with those of 44 similar children whose families requested conventional treatment (medication group). Both groups improved on both the Childhood Autism Rating Scale and the Childhood Psychiatric Rating Scale (all p values <0.0001). Both groups also exhibited significant decreases in total Aberrant Behavior Checklist scores, but the micronutrient group’s improvement was significantly greater (p<0.0001). SIB Intensity was lower in the micronutrient group at the end of the study (p=0.005), and improvement on the Clinical Global Impressions scale was greater for the micronutrient group (p=0.0029). It is difficult to determine whether the observed changes were exerted through improvement in mood disorder or through an independent effect on autistic disorder. There were some advantages to treatment with micronutrients—lower activity level, less social withdrawal, less anger, better spontaneity with the examiner, less irritability, lower intensity SIB, markedly fewer adverse events, and less weight gain. Advantages of medication management were insurance coverage, fewer pills, and less frequent dosing.