Signs of Autism in Adults

By |2022-01-18T10:25:01-05:00December 16, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) occurs in all age groups. Severe forms of ASD are usually diagnosed in the early stages of a kid’s life. However, high-functioning people may not be diagnosed until later in their lives. Here are certain signs that can be observed in autistic adults:   Avoiding eye contact An autistic adult may avoid eye contact as it may be challenging for them. They do not like to look at someone’s eyes while talking to them. It is a common misconception that autistic individuals lack empathy, however, that is not true as making eye contact cause them anxiety.   [...]

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Signs of Autism in Toddlers

By |2022-01-18T12:36:46-05:00November 9, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically appears in the early ages of an individual, and may be diagnosed as early as 14 months. An autistic may show developmental differences while growing up in the way they behave, communicate and interact. Following are some of the signs that should be observed in a toddler’s behavior to be able to catch the disorder early on. No eye contact One of the signs of autism spectrum disorder in a toddler is that he or she may lack eye contact behavior. An autistic may make little to no eye contact during infancy. Not responding to their [...]

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Autism Strengths and Abilities

By |2022-01-18T11:00:23-05:00November 2, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is frequently misunderstood with people focusing more on facing the challenges, rather than the many strengths it brings. While, an autistic individual may face challenges, they may also have autistic traits such as excellent long-term memory, visual and observational skills among several. Some autistics have a unique set of skills and abilities, which once determined, can greatly improve yours and your child's life. Here are some examples of strengths associated with autism: Attention to detail           An autistic individual may be attuned to details. They may have a very good eye for details which helps them focus on a [...]

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Importance of Early Intervention

By |2022-01-18T11:46:08-05:00October 27, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Early intervention refers to the phase where you provide services and support that will help babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. These delays can include speech therapy, physical therapy, autism, etc. Early intervention in your child’s life is beneficial when it comes to their development. Treating the communication and language difficulties early in children can prevent the potential problems with their behavior, learning, reading, and social interaction. Early intervention helps the children enhance their abilities while also enabling them to learn new skills. Here are a few benefits of early intervention that can help the child and the family. [...]

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Toilet Training Strategies for Autistic Children

By |2021-10-22T03:55:34-04:00October 22, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Be it for typical kids or kids with disorders; potty training is a tough task. Autistic children have developmental delays, because of which they usually face more difficulties than normal kids during the process of toilet training, taking longer than usual. Often, autistics also have trouble breaking their long-term routine of using a diaper. Plus, because of their limited verbal abilities, they face a challenge when it comes to toilet training and can develop anxiety around toileting. Here are a few strategies that can train your child with special needs to be self-sufficient when it comes to their toilet needs. Social [...]

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Activities to Promote Eye Contact

By |2022-01-18T11:50:36-05:00October 11, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Eye contact is a very important skill when communicating. It tells the other person that you are listening to them and invested in the conversation. It is also used to gain others’ attention while helping you understand how the other person feels. Children with autism disorder usually have difficulty communicating, so they find it hard to maintain eye contact and face challenges in interacting. You can’t force a child to make eye contact; however, few activities can help promote eye contact. Face Painting Face painting makes you come physically closer to your child, encouraging eye contact. You can take turns and [...]

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Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers

By |2022-01-18T12:07:44-05:00September 29, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Often, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show developmental alterations when they are babies, particularly in social, linguistic, and behavioral skills. Some toddlers even interact differently or may not interact at all with others. Babies can start showing signs of ASD as early as two months of age. Since autism is a spectrum, one child with the disorder will not have the same symptoms as the other children with autism. The symptoms in children vary a lot. Here are some common signs of autism in babies and toddlers. Limited interaction with caregivers or people in general Babies usually interact with their [...]

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Strategies to Improve Joint Attention

By |2021-09-08T16:04:59-04:00August 24, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Joint attention refers to the ability to share a common focus on something with someone, including people, objects, concepts, events, etc. It is mainly a social form of communication built up during infancy and continues to grow until early childhood. Joint attention is a significant factor for a child's social development, cognitive development, and language acquisition. Joint attention is important for various things. It is needed to develop eye contact, attention and imitation skills, social interaction, and early language buildup, sharing of knowledge, and shared attention during social interactions. It is common for children with autism to have difficulty with joint [...]

Triggers of Behaviour for Children with Autism

By |2022-01-18T12:55:10-05:00August 19, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Children with autism disorder are very sensitive, and it's common for them to behave in certain challenging ways. However, not every autistic child is the same. If one factor is triggering an autistic child's behaviour, it might not affect the other child. Once a trigger has affected an autistic's behaviour, it is difficult for them to regain control quickly. Understanding these triggers for abnormal behaviour in autistic children can help improve behavioural control and assist parents or people near the child avoid any such kind of situation. Here are some common challenging triggers of behaviour for children with autism. Stressful situation [...]

The Three Functional Levels of Autism

By |2021-09-08T16:08:02-04:00August 16, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

When talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it features various levels starting from mild to severe symptoms. People diagnosed with the disorder are further diagnosed into the level of symptoms they have. The levels pave the way for more clarity for a person's diagnosis of where they fit in on the spectrum. To be precise, there are three levels of ASD; level 1, level 2, and level 3. These levels define the severity of the autistic's social skills and behaviours – the two domains of symptoms to which the levels are assigned. They are based on the individual's strengths and limitations [...]

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