Autism causes children to experience the world differently from the way most other children do
- They might find it difficult to talk with other people and to express themselves using words.
- They usually keep to themselves and many cannot communicate without special help.
- They might react to what is going on around them in different and unusual ways.
- Sounds that appear normal to us may bother an autistic child so that they cover their ears.
- Being touched can cause concern in other autistic children while they might not be able to relate to someone smiling at them or being friendly.
- An autistic child can have difficult in linking words to their meanings which can be very frustrating.
- Autistic children can have other unusual ways of behaving such as flapping their hands, repetitive phrases or words, having temper tantrums or concentrating on just one toy.
- Frequently they will like a set routine which must not be deviated from or their possessions must be kept in a certain way and never moved or disturbed.
Some or all of these signs of autism can make it difficult for a child to function in everyday life.
Autism can vary from mild to serious with the severity affecting how much help a child needs
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. Although the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age, children as young as a year old can show signs of autism. A growing number of scientists and researchers believe that a relationship between the increase in neurodevelopmental disorders of autism, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and speech or language delay, and the increased use of thimerosal in vaccines is plausible and deserves more scrutiny.
Red flags for autism
It is vital to learn the early signs of autism and understand the typical developmental milestones your child should be reaching at different ages. Listed below are red flags for possible autism. If you have concerns, speak to your doctor about screening your child for autism because if your child does have autism, early intervention may be his or her best hope.
- No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or later.
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months or later.
- No babbling by 12 months.
- No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months.
- No words by 16 months.
- No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months.
- Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age.
Diet can play a very important role in helping an autistic child
If you are a parent of an autistic child, you can get information and support from these websites:
- Test for both gluten and dairy sensitivity immediately. At the same time, test for other food allergens. Gluten has been shown in numerous research studies to damage nerve tissue so that anyone with neurological illness of unknown origin should be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity.
- Remove all sugar, artificial dyes and processed foods from their diet.
- Stop any treatments (dental or medical) that introduce mercury into the body. Remember that vaccines and flu shots are common sources.
- Test for vitamin and mineral deficiencies – especially B-vitamins. The body's production of neurotransmitters (chemicals that allow proper communication in the nervous system) is largely dependent on vitamin B-6, folate, B-12, B-5, B-1, zinc, copper, magnesium, and vitamin C.