Does the video describe your child to some extent?
So… your child may have been diagnosed as having some form of autism.
The above terms have caused significant confusion over time, especially for parents with a child newly diagnosed as having one of these disorders. For now, we will take ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ (ASD) to cover the entire spectrum, and it will be used for descriptive purposes on this page. Diagnosis of autism is not always straightforward.
ASD describes a group of disorders with a wide spectrum of variability. Invariably though, the child will have some degree of key impairments in the following areas:
Although present from birth, the features may or may not manifest in infancy, and becomes obvious most commonly around 18-24 months of age, with the child being presented to the medical doctor between 24-48 months of age.
If any of the above profiles describe your child in any combination, it would be important for you to seek consultation with a professional consultant, who can help to assess the entire profile of your child. Should a diagnosis of ASD be made, it would be important to provide a plan that involves investigations, intervention and education in a holistic way. It is important that we strive to make the world a less confusing place for these children and at the same time, help them develop their skills and optimize their potential.