Usually appearing within the first three years of life, ASD involves impairments in social interaction — such as being aware of other people’s feelings — and verbal and nonverbal communication. Some people with ASD have limited interests, strange eating or sleeping behaviors or a tendency to do things to hurt themselves, such as banging their heads or biting their hands.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
As a parent, you never want to believe that your precious child may have a problem. But when it comes to autism, catching it early can make a huge difference. The younger your child is at diagnosis, the greater the impact treatment can have on the symptoms of autism and other developmental problems. It’s vital for parents to recognize the warning signs in their babies and toddlers.
There are also many things parents can do to help children with autism overcome their challenges, make daily life easier, and have a successful future. By learning all you can about different autism spectrum disorders, and the latest treatment methods available, you’ll be able to make a big difference in your child’s life.