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Posted on 20 Sep 2012

What Is Autism Spectrum?

There are more and more children being diagnosed for autism and disorders of autism spectrum each and every day. Autism spectrum includes Rett Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and classic autism.

Asperger Syndrome is a disorder of the autism spectrum and is considered the mildest form. While most disorders of autism show signs of developmental intelligence and verbal complications, children who suffer from Asperger Syndrome only show a problem with making eye contact with others or displaying correct body structure. Children with Asperger syndrome will also have delayed motor skills and sometimes prefer routines without any changes.

Rett’s Disorder is another disorder of the Autism Spectrum. This disorder is more common in females and can decrease the development of the brain over a shot period of time. A child may start out functioning normally but may display mental retardation or a certain intellectual disorder that can affect the way they think and learn.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is another part of the autism spectrum. It is not a common condition but it does occur. At first the child will develop normally however somewhere between the ages of two and four years old, autism symptoms may begin to be noticeable. A child may decrease their social activities and lose control of their bowels and also their bladder. There is a noticeable decrease in self care tasks as well. This was a condition that was first noted in 1908 by a special educator in Vienna.

Today, there are no vaccinations that can immune a child to autism or autism spectrum. That is because no one is completely and accurately sure of how it develops. It is important that parents or caregivers who work closely with a child learn the signs of autism and autism spectrum so they can know when it may be a problem with a child. Once autism and autism spectrum is suspected, it is important that a doctor be consulted in order to properly diagnose autism.

When a condition such as autism spectrum is diagnosed it is important that everyone learn all there is to know about the condition and how they can best help the child. Things are changing for the child and will never be the same. It is important that the families realize the severity of the condition and how it can drastically change the life of everyone involved in care; mother, father, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, neighbors, and child care providers or teachers.

Autism spectrum is not only a condition that affects children in childhood. As a child grows, they do not grow out of the condition they simply learn to deal with it. However it does affect them differently as they get older and try to form relationships. Symptoms may not be as severe, they may mentally be able to handle things more, and they do learn to socialize as long as they receive constant support from those who love them in order for them to feel comfortable when they are around others.