How To Recognise Early Autism Signs and Symptoms
Hello there and welcome everyone who is joining me today for this episode on recognising signs of Autism Do you remember in the first episode we talked about how to recognise Autism in speech? How do they talk? Do they talk AT you? Do they 'lecture' when they talk to you? Are they able to ask questions and hold a two way conversation? Today, we are going to talk about fine motor skills which is another key to recognising Autism at a very early age If your child is a toddler, you will be able to use these steps to help recognise Autism You may find that at pre school, they will stand out as no interacting with others, not playing and sharing with other children... My son, Jon was very quiet as a toddler and didn't like to play with other children. He prefered to sit by himself and read alot! You need to look out for.... Did you recognise any of them? Ok, so let's move on to physiology - how do they move? Children with Autism at preschool and KS1 stage will appear awkward when they move.
They might also be clumsy and fall over a lot. My son Jon tends to have a lot of mannerisms and expressions on his face which is quite unlike Autism but signifies a presence of Asperger's Syndrome Can your child imitate you? Do they use facial expressions? Do they look at you when you are talking to them? Are they able to show emotion on their face? Jon does an excellent impression of the actor, Jimmy Stewart! Your child might not have every single trait of Autism and they don't have to. Autism relates to difficulties in interaction, imagination and communication. Autism moves with your child as he or she grows.
The traits they have now may not be there when they are teenagers, although they will still have Autism. Jon didn't point at anything as a child, didn't interact with other children and wasn't diagnosed until the age of ten. Does your child make eye contact? Make a point of watching carefully when your child is in a social group, say for example, when you pick them up from school or playgroup How are they with other children? Jon was never interested in team playing.. Didn't like sharing toys not because he didn't want to but he didn't know how... Autistic children may appear as 'good as gold' in front of others, particularly strangers Is your child an angel at home and too good perhaps? No terrible two's? Does your baby sleep through the night and is never any bother? Does he or she very rarely cry? Autistic people have trouble reading sub conscious messages. They are unable to read the body language of the other person.
Body language is the way we move our physiology when we talk It is body language that tells the other person what we are thinking and really feeling Autistic people don't usually learn how to read other people Children learn this sort of 'non verbal' language as babies We all learn about relationships very early on in life All social learning happens when we start to interact with other people as babies Autism hinders this type of non verbal learning Autistic children are not very sociable but this does NOT mean they don't want to Most children who are on the spectrum don't know how to make friends and this is what we need to teach them Autistic children don't see the difference between children and adults and they will appear to mother other children ASD children like to be around adults (parents and teachers) rather than their peers Jon liked to play care to the other children in his playgroup! This inability to understand the difference between adults and children tends to get them into trouble! ASD children may have a very adult way of talking using language and tone in voice to match those adults around them Yet still appear under developed in social skills They don't see a difference between adults and themselves As far as the Autistic mind works, everyone is the same! Teenage ASD children tend to have an extra rocky relationship with their parents and often row ASD teenagers may not understand or respect authority in their parents ASD teenagers think that everyone is on the same platform Fine motore skills - are they good at picking up things as toddlers, can they throw and catch a ball? Can they point and look at something or show you what they are looking at. Do they ask for your opinion? Do they show you things? Toys etc Hand and eye co-ordination may be off in Autistic children. So might their balance and ability to hold a pencil or pen ASD children tend to have a lapse of connected actions; picking something up, showing it to you, etc Try playing ball with your child and notice how they catch and throw. Are they watching the ball as it comes towards them? Most children by school age can throw and catch a ball fairly consistently Can they manage their own body movements? Can your child stand on one leg? Do they have poor balance? (catching and throwing a ball) Do they walk in a fairly awkward fashion This might not be apparent until teenage years ASD boys tend to walk in a particular manner as they get older which may make them stand out Jon is very tall and lanky!! So we have covered some of the physical things you need to look out for See you in the next episode - don't forget to subscribe and like this video!.
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