The research topic I have chosen is “symptoms of autism.” I was interested in this topic because my sister was diagnosed with brain damage and I wanted to know which symptoms she had that were related to autism. This topic relates to Temple Grandin’s chapter, “From the Margins to the Mainstream” because both the topic and the chapter deal with autism and what Temple Grandin has experienced in the past. My research question is, “What are the symptoms of autism in a child and what should someone do if noticing these signs/symptoms?” Children with autism have many unique and different signs in the brain but no different appearances which make it difficult for parents/guardians to observe.
Autism is a serious developmental disorder in many people including children that makes it hard for autistic people to communicate or react. “Unusual speaking patterns in autistic children might struggle to express needs. Some children with autism don’t talk with people at all, while others develop language but have trouble participating in a conversation” (Miles Karen, Stewart Hosley Darienne). Having autism gives autistic children struggles with speaking and communicating with others. “Symptoms of ASD include: not responding with a smile, repetitive behaviors or does NOT cooperate in any language or sound” (Miles Karen, Stewart Hosley Darienne). Autism in this case can be seen as a disease or compared on a ““normal”” spectrum. However, ASD includes a wide range of levels of disability, and autistic people get treated based on how severe their symptoms are. I also think that most autism symptoms make it harder for autistic children to do certain things that require communication and developmental cooperation. As we do see these things as a wide range of “weird” or “abnormal” we get too fixated upon what we expect of autistic people instead of focusing on them.
However, autism shows unique and different signs in each autistic child can most times be too difficult to observe. “It could be hard to tell if a child has autism because many children with the condition have some of the same behaviors” (Signs and Symptoms). Children with autism struggle to comprehend. Adults/caretakers struggle to notice the signs of autism in children because symptoms are too familiar with other diseases. Other cases are sometimes having the parent realize these symptoms but choosing to neglect the cause of being autistic. “Symptoms of autism are hard to observe because of the variety of characteristics of diseases children have” (Signs and Symptoms). There are many differences in every child and adult that can’t often be shown so clearly based off of their symptoms. Adults, often are confused by the behaviors each child has shown. As autistic children mature they are able to communicate more with others than they would at their normal rate. To more comprehend on observing the signs of autism in children, parents should have the option of having a group that gives an opportunity of learning more about autism and it’s effects on children and adults.
In conclusion, some children with autism have a normal to high intelligence with communicating and working with others. Autism in children, teens and adults don’t show any changes in their appearances that give away anything to be different about them. In our general society we are only told to see autistic people a certain way because of what we are taught from the internet, local magazines or worldwide advertisements such as the news. Since we are informed of these things, we are directed for what our mind should react when experiencing these social issues in person.
- ASD Signs and Symptoms. Autism Speaks. 20 Mar 2013, https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html. Accessed 21 March 2017. Miles Karen and Stewart Hosley Darienne. Early Signs of Autism. BabyCenter Np, 11 January 2017, http://www.babycenter.com/0_early-signs-of-autism_10396941.bc. Accessed 21 March 2017.
- Signs and Symptoms. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 Feb 2015, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/autism-spectrum-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20021148?scrlybrkr. Accessed 21 March 2017.