The Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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It’s that time of year again!

April starts Autism Awareness/Acceptance month.

From the Autism Society:

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So now is a great time to begin talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder.  To help any reader out there that wants to help spread some awareness by learning a little bit more about the disorder itself.

What are the symptoms of autism?   What are some behaviors one might see?

When Declan was newly diagnosed I began to search for information about autism.  I was drawn to the visuals.

Autism Speaks provided me with wonderful information about the symptoms of autism.

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I went to Pinterest and asked it, “What is Autism” and thousands of images were at my disposal

 

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When Catelyn was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, I went searching and was again, initially and immediately drawn to the visual graphics describing HFA

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These short snippets of information were immediate attention grabbers that took my breath away.  Each time I felt like I was seeing my child on paper.

I went in a little farther.  Autism Speaks provided me wonderful information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Their information found here about the symptoms of autism allowed for me to see that some of the other issues that we were facing with Declan in regards to gastrointestinal and sleep were common in individuals with autism.

When I was reading about High Functioning Autism, I found the site: My Asperger’s Child: HELP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER’S & HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM by Mark Hutten, M.A.  I found myself going back and reading the article:  List of Symptoms for High-Functioning Autism, found here.

There is also an online version of the M-CHAT found here. The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. It is a resource designed to identify children who may benefit from a more thorough developmental and autism evaluation.

 

If you are looking to get involved to spread autism awareness, these visuals, articles or resources describing the symptoms of autism are a great place to start.

It’s time to learn about autism to start spreading some awareness to gain understanding, acceptance and inclusion!

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “The Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

  1. Hi Robyn, I am a Mum of a 9 year old boy who has Autism and ADHD. Your posts are always really informative for those who already have an awareness and for those who don’t . I need to look more into Asperger’s as I think my son has more of these traits.

    1. Thank you! When my daughter was diagnosed I learned a lot about Asperger’s – and it really helped open my eyes to the entire spectrum. There’s a lot of good information out there. I got the eBook from Mark Hutten called the Asperger’s Comprehensive Handbook which I found really helpful. I was getting really frustrated with Catelyn, and the book really helped open my eyes to areas where I thought she was just being difficult. Turns out the areas of difficulty were big challenges she was facing and having a hard time with. Now that I know these are challenges for her, I can advocate for her – as I wasn’t the only one that thought she was just being difficult. Here is the link to the eBook – although I am sure there are a lot of other great resources out there. http://www.aspergerscomprehensivehandbook.com/

  2. Great awareness post! I would just like share that Asperger’s Syndrome is no longer considered a diagnosis per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V), which is the manual used by Regional Centers and any mental health therapist. The new diagnosis is Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In the previous manual, there was Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism. There is such a wide span within each of these diagnosis, that it is now all one spectrum.

    1. Yes, I am aware of that. I have worked years in the MH field and have my Masters in Clinical Psych – so the DSM has been my friend. My son was diagnosed first, and he was considered moderate on the spectrum. When I took my daughter in for services, the clinician told me that she would be treated for High Functioning Autism. Her challenges appeared much different than my sons – because she was so high functioning. So when I was doing research about what she was experiencing, I found there was a lot of information out there about High Functioning Autism from parents and people on the spectrum in this area that was really helpful. So, even though autism is one spectrum now, I do feel that it is easy to overlook some of the challenges at the high end. I find that some are still qualifying High Functioning Autism into the Asperger’s realm – but a lot of the information is still the same and I found it to be useful. So I decided to share.

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