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Jan 2

Common Signs of Autism Signs of Autism

The following information in this blog is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation. If you suspect your child or another family member have autism please contact your primary healthcare provider.

When determining signs of autism in a child, it’s best to understand what exactly Autism Spectrum Disorder is. There has always been a lot of confusion on this topic dating back to the 1940s when Autism was first classified as a “mental disorder”. Since then physicians still know little to nothing about it. Autism is defined as a complex neurobehavioral condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. Because of the range of symptoms, this condition is now called and identified as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

At the Ciit Center, a well-known and innovative Long Island autism center, they understand autism to be a biochemical problem as well as a neurological issue that alters the way the brain and body develop. This causes social, behavioral, and communication issues down the line.

Spectrum of Common Signs

 Children and Adults on the autism spectrum are individually different with some people labeled as ‘high-functioning’ and others considered as ‘low-functioning’. Some children start talking very early in life, while others start talking at a much later time. Some may be deemed as highly intelligent while others have an I.Q under 50. Some people might be considered mildly or severely affected by the neurobehavioral condition. Further and strong evaluation by professionals is crucial when determining if your child have autism.

Some symptoms or red flags of Autism Spectrum Disorder:

  • Your child may not respond to their name or may appear deaf
  • Your child may not point at objects or things that demonstrate interest
  • Your child may want to be alone
  • Your child might not want to play “pretend games”
  • Your child may have extreme difficulty understanding other people feelings and their own
  • Your child may get upset for minor changes
  • Your child may have obsessive interest
  • Your child may rock their body, flap their hands, or spin in circles.
  • Your child may not have any social skills or may have low social skills
  • Your child may resist physical contact.

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People with autism spectrum disorder looks as though they have one thing in common: a weakness in the child’s biochemical and neurological development. Based on the Ciit center’s experience, the common denominator appears to be apart of the brainstem. It’s no wonder the brain stem is at the middle of it all. The brainstem is at the center of vital body functions that includes most of the systems of the body. The list of vital body functions is pretty long and it covers a lot of the problems we see in Autism today. This includes sleep disorders, balance disorders, motor coordination issues, anxiety, and more. These are mainly automatic functions that you have no control over or can operate without conscious. If there is an issue with the brainstem, information being sent through the brain to the body may be skewed and vise versa.


So what causes ASD?

There is a lot of confusion on what causes autism, but it is said that the neurobehavioral condition might be growing at a decent rate. This controversial statement is still in debate. Some say the causes of ASD is due to rare gene being triggered by environmental factors, like pollution and chemicals while others argue it’s because we’ve gotten a lot better with diagnosing ASD. It’s always good practice to avoid any harmful substances while being pregnant and to consult your primary physician when taking any kind of medication.

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