Autism is a complex condition that cause challenges in social interaction, behavior, speech and non-verbal communication. Autism is a spectrum disorder therefore the symptoms, challenges and their strength are very different and vary among each individual. Autism may be cause by genetic that runs in family or environmental factor. Normally autism can be diagnosed before 4 years old, by developmental doctor or pediatrician, parents can also keep track on child’s developmental milestone to see whether they gain skill according to milestone or not.
Symptoms of Autism
Every autism child is different, it is not surprise when you notice every autism child has different symptoms and characteristic, some may be non-verbal but some can speak very well. Generally there are some symptoms that you can see in most of the autism child.
In conclusion, it is very important for public especially parents to aware of the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, so that they can always keep track on their child’s milestone progress so that they do not delay the treatment for their child. In fact, autism is not a disease like diabetes or heart disease, it cannot be cure but they can function better in their daily life if they get the therapy as soon as possible. In my opinion, I believe autism is not abnormal but it is a “difference”, don’t find a cure for autism but understand them, guide them in their life, provide support if they “stuck”, make them independent and happy in their way, find their strength and potential. Autism children have taught me a lot of thing in my life during my time as a special need educator.