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Early Years and Autism


For the kids who are of age five and below, the term Autism has to be understood by the parents before the kids themselves know that they are differently abled. The age before five is very important for ASD children. Proper early identification of symptoms and correct diagnosis increases the the chances of improved outcomes and efficient handling of illness throughout the life of the patient.

Noone as a parent will ever believe that their bundle of joy is having some illness which is going to last for his lifetime. But, the things, if determined and identified earlier, typically by the age of 1 and half years, can create vase difference. There are far greater impact of treatment on symptoms if the child has started the treatment at this age for autism. If you were not lucky enough, there is still hope. The earlier the better. There are treatment available which reduces the effects of Autims on children and help them learn, thrive and lead a normal life.

Key steps in Early Years care for Autism

  1. You should monitor your child’s growth and development very closely. Autism is associated with many developmental delays in a child. You need to keep a tab on the major social, emotional, and cognitive landmarks in your child's growth. Although all developmental delays do not directly indicate Autism, but there are risks which are increased by these delays.
  2. Do not wait to share your concerns about the possible milestone miss in your child with your doctor. They are better equipped to judge the onset of autism, if any. Don’t just wait and watch, since it can be dangerous. Do not opt for it will pass with age approach.
  3. Seek for second opinion from another doctor, and try to zero down the cause of your concern which is related to some missed landmark in your child's growth. It is not being finicky in taking another appointment with some specialist for your child.
  4. There are many treatment and handling practices, community resources, early care providers who can help your young toddler to handle the symptoms of ASD.

Autism in Early Years Flowchart

Some Missed Milestones for Autism Diagnosis

- No eye contact by the child.
- He does not respond when you smile at him.
- He do not respond to his name calls.
- Can't follow the moving objects through his eyes.
- Cannot communicate like goodbye, hellp, etc.
- Do not shout or becomes noisy when they need your attention.
- Do not respond to cuddling or hegging.
- They do not ask you to pick them up
- Cannot play with other kids of adults.

Typical Early Years Autism Programs

The typical early years programs provides a standard framework and materials for the effectove handling of the symptoms of ASD children. It also puts up the expectations on how the things will work out for families and society in general.
There are numerous groups like local authorities, caregiving agencies, government bodies, schools, etc. which are present to help the families control the symptpoms of their early year autistic child. They are also responsible to ensure good communication between all people involved.

They also provide regular training to caregivers and other people who are directly or indirectly involved with treatment of the affected children.

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