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Autism - Isolated in a World of Your Own, Autism Symptoms Checklist - Autism Treatment

Abstract: Children with autism do not follow the typical patterns of child development. Many are incapable of understanding other people's thoughts, feelings, and needs. Furthermore, language and intelligence often fail to develop fully. Treatments methods are available to help improve their social, language, and academic skills.

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Written by: Martin Winkler (public domain text of the NIMH)
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 05 Sep 2009.

What is autism? What are the symptoms of autism? Is there any autism treatment? How common does it occur? Give me a checklist of symptoms for autism.

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Isolated in worlds of their own, people with autism appear indifferent and remote and are unable to form emotional bonds with others. Although people with this baffling brain disorder can display a wide range of symptoms and disability, many are incapable of understanding other people's thoughts, feelings, and needs. Often, language and intelligence fail to develop fully, making communication and social relationships difficult. Many people with autism engage in repetitive activities, like rocking or banging their heads, or rigidly following familiar patterns in their everyday routines. Some are painfully sensitive to sound, touch, sight, or smell. Checklist of common symptoms

Children with autism do not follow the typical patterns of child development. In some children, hints of future problems may be apparent from birth. In most cases, the problems become more noticeable as the child slips farther behind other children the same age. Other children start off well enough. But between 18 and 36 months old, they suddenly reject people, act strangely, and lose language and social skills they had already acquired. More.

As a parent, teacher, or caregiver you may know the frustration of trying to communicate and connect with children or adults who have autism. You may feel ignored as they engage in endlessly repetitive behaviours. You may despair at the bizarre ways they express their inner needs. And you may feel sorrow that your hopes and dreams for them may never materialize.

But there is help-and hope. Gone are the days when people with autism were isolated, typically sent away to institutions. Today, many youngsters can be helped to attend school with other children. Methods are available to help improve their social, language, and academic skills. Even though more than 60 percent of adults with autism continue to need care throughout their lives, some programs are beginning to demonstrate that with appropriate support, many people with autism can be trained to do meaningful work and participate in the life of the community.

Autism is found in every country and region of the world, and in families of all racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Emerging in childhood, it affects about 1 or 2 people in every thousand and is three to four times more common in boys than girls. Girls with the disorder, however, tend to have more severe symptoms and lower intelligence. In addition to loss of personal potential, the cost of health and educational services to those affected exceeds $3 billion each year. So, at some level, autism affects us all.

Here are some common checklist, used by professionals: ABC Autism Behavior Checklist More.

GARS Gillian Autism Rating Scale

CARS Childhood Autism Rating Scale

ATEC Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist Online Evaluation

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