Autism Speaks

1 in 59 people have a disability that falls on the Autism Spectrum. Kids usually fall into three categories. There are kids on the lower end of the spectrum.  Those are what most people think Autism looks like. The is usually accompanied by a low IQ score.  The middle of spectrum would be someone who functions as one would think.  These kids usually have average IQ scores, but are extremely lacking in social skills. The high end is called “high functioning autism”. These kids usually have a higher IQ and have very little patience with people that don’t understand them.  They usually get along well with adults in social situations, but will have nothing to do with peers.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-5), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describe characteristics of Autism.  Such things as

  • Social communication/interactions with others
    • making little or inconsistent eye contact
    • having difficulties with back and forth conversations
    • often talking at length about a favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested
    • Having facial expressions, movements and gestures that do not match what is being said
    • having trouble understanding another person’s point of view
  • Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors
    • Repeating certain behaviors or having unusual behaviors
    • Getting upset by slight changes in a routine
    • Being more or less sensitive than other people to sensory input, such as light,  noise, clothing or temperature

Autism (AU) is a disorder and your child can be served in a variety of ways by the school through Special Education.

If you think your child might have Autism, check out the links below to find out more information.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/autism-spectrum-disorder/index.shtml

https://www.autismspeaks.org

  • The schools usually have an “Autism team” that can evaluate your child for Autism. You can also see a neurologist or you pediatrician to discuss your concerns.
  • If you are frustated with the school and need help working with them, please call – I can help.

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, but I can provide you with signs and symptom to take with you to the doctor or school.