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Living with Autism

  1. 1. ==== ====Who else Needs Help and Advice with Autism,Aspergers, ADS ? Here you can download a Bookwich offers you REAL Help : ====What is autism?Autism is a neurological disorder, meaning you are born with it. It affects the way the braindevelops. Autism has a few other name--sometimes called infantile autism or autistic disorder. Butregardless of what you call it, autism is something you are born with and something that you willlive with for the rest of your life.Autism is one of five pervasive development disorders (PDDs) that are categorized as either...autismAspergers syndromechildhood disintegrative disorderRett disorder, andpervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)Basically, these are categories that psychologists and therapists will use to try to categorize yourchild in order to begin a treatment regimen.While a child is born with autism, it is typically not officially diagnosed until the child shows clearoutward signs, usually around age 3 or so. But everyone is different and generalizations should beviewed cautiously.Early intervention is very important. It has been shown that early and proper treatment and therapycan allow many of those with autism to learn and prosper in life and carry on a normal andproductive life. While this is true for many autistic patients, others may require lifelong help withdaily living activities.What are the symptoms of autism?While every person with autism is a unique individual in his or her own way, there are somecommon traits of autism. These include:Poor social skills and difficulties interacting with othersDifficulties with communicationRepetitive actions or restricted interestsAbnormal response to sensory issues such as sound, touch, light even smellSome show aggressive or self-injurious behavior such as head banging or biting themselves
  2. 2. What is the intelligence level of someone with autism?Many individuals with autism have moderate mental retardation while roughly one-third havenormal intelligence levels (IQs). In addition, those with autism will have a higher likelihood ofdeveloping epilepsy than the general population.Those with Aspergers syndrome (which is often referred to as high-functioning autism) willtypically have higher-than-average IQs and function similarly to those who do not have autism.More about that later.Are all autistic people alike?Children and adults with autism can vary quite a bit in their skills and the extent to which theyexhibit the symptoms of autism. Many show affection and emotions and are respond to friends,family and situations similarly to non-autistic people.Some may be bright and have good communication skills while others may be mentally retardedand nonverbal. Because autism varies so much from person to person, there are varying labelsoften used to explain the degree along the "spectrum" where a person falls (this is why autism isdescribed as a spectrum disorder). These descriptions include having autistic tendencies, autistic-like, being on the autism spectrum, high-functioning autism and low-functioning autism.Regardless of where a child falls along spectrum, they are likely to exhibit problems with socialcommunication such as lack of eye contact, difficulty carrying on a conversation, and troubletaking another persons perspective.Some who have seen the movie Rainman or a TV show about autism have a vision in their mindof the "typical" autistic person. But autism can vary greatly from person to person. Some will talkyour ear off, while others are nearly silent. Some cannot deal with loud music and noisyenvironments while chaotic environments do not affect others. Avoid pigeon-holing someone withautism-each person is very different in their own unique way.What is high-functioning autism and Aspergers syndrome?Those individuals who can be described as high-functioning (Aspergers syndrome falls here) mayhave the symptoms of autism to a much lesser degree. They may be only somewhat slower todevelop language skills but still typically have difficulty interacting with others socially (they cannotget along with their peers on the playground, for example).They may have difficulty carrying on conversations with others and they often will focus on one ortwo topics to the exclusion of any other subject. Because of this they may be viewed as "talking at"rather than "talking to" others because they talk endlessly about their favorite topic irrespective ofattempts by others to change the subject.The main difference between high-functioning autism and Aspergers syndrome is that those withAspergers usually develop verbal speech skills right on time while people with high-functioningautism usually have speech delays. People with Aspergers are generally seen as bright andverbal but with problems in social communication skills. Some with Aspergers earn the nickname
  3. 3. "geek."Are people with autism cold and unfeeling?Myths and generalities abound about people with autism. Resist believing any of them! Autisticchildren and adults are unique individuals. Some are outgoing, others are aloof. Some do well inschool, others dont. Some will get a steady paying job while some will never be able to hold downa typical job. Some will marry, others wont. If you want to understand a person with autism, youhave to spend some time with them and get to know them, just like any other person.Some see the term autism as entirely negative. But everyone on the autistic spectrum hassomething to offer the world. Children and adults with autism are among the most honest, non-judgmental, passionate people you are ever likely to meet. And they are also ideal candidates forcertain types of careers, as we will discuss later.The world is a better place because of them.Once we understand how a child or adult with autism behaves, and understand that sensoryissues as well as the need for routine motivate their actions, we can devise treatments and trainingto help them cope with an ever-changing world. Many treatments allow those with autism tosucceed and thrive. Hopefully treatments can make life a little easier especially for those withautism and the people who love them. There are many tips and suggestions that can help yourloved one live a fulfilling and happy life. A great site to find additional information is the web There you will be able to sign up for the FREE AutismNewsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved one be happy and succeed inlife.Article Source: ====Who else Needs Help and Advice with Autism,Aspergers, ADS ? Here you can download a Bookwich offers you REAL Help : ====