First, rather than being aghast at the revelation that your adorable child has been diagnosed with autism, thank your stars that he or she has been born in a time where there’s awareness about it. Once it’s diagnosed, expert help is available to children as well as their parents, to help understand the needs of their special kids. This article focuses on explanation of some autistic attributes and intervention for improvement. Remember, your child may never know that he or she is different, but how you deal with the condition can make them feel special.
Autistic Disorder includes a qualitative impairment in communication and alterations in behavior play. Thus being prudent is of extreme importance. You need to stay alert, and always pay close attention to what your child is doing.
Doctors often express that parents are unable to make out if something’s wrong with their child. Parents get their child to a doctor only when they observe that there is a significant delay in the child’s speech. Until a certain age, parents are happy because the child is able to convey everything through gestures. Ultimately, when the child is ready to be admitted to a play school, they realize that the child is not speaking for his age.
Also, parents are unable to answer correctly when the pediatrician or psychologist asks questions like: Does the child make eye contact or does the child respond to his/her name, or if the child plays with kids his/ her age? For instance, when parents are asked whether their child responds to his name, they would say yes. And when the doctor tells them to call, they would call, “Amogh, Kurkure le lo.” The child would come running, and parents take a sigh of relief. But this was not what the psychologist meant. The psychologist would now tell the mother to call just by the name “Amogh”. And the child won’t respond. This is an autistic feature that the child pretends to be deaf.
Further, deep-rooted myths also prevent parents to notice cause of worry. For instance, though parents may notice slow development of speech in their child, they do not approach the doctor until much later. Doctors say it’s not rare to hear parents cite reasons like ‘The child’s grandmother said even his/ her father learned it late, and he will gradually pick up’.
Playtime is also an important time when parents can spare some moments to observe the child. In case of two and three year olds, playing with odd things, like utensils, broom, playing with only one part of the toy, eg. wheel of the car, throwing things to make a loud noise, spinning everything that comes into hand, whether it’s a coin or a biscuit, with utmost perfection are some characteristics of autistic play. Check if your child does not interact, play with children his age and prefers to remain in his own world.