If you are worried about your baby’s behavior, but it seems to you that most of the symptoms of autism do not suit you, it may be that your child has a mild degree of this disorder. This form is often called high-functional autism or Asperger syndrome. With a mild degree of autistic disorder, children do not have all the classic symptoms, and outsiders sometimes do not even notice that something is wrong with the baby until they are shown a specific symptom.
Signs of mild autism manifest themselves in how the child interacts with other people, plays with toys, and uses everyday objects.
Here is a list of symptoms characteristic of mild autism (it is not necessary that they all appear in the same child):
- Avoid eye contact
- Peering at other people
- Unusual facial expressions
- Unusual body positions
- Inability to understand the meaning of changing tone and loudness of voice
- Monotonous voice
- Intolerance to changes in the routine
- Lack of social skills and communication with other people
- Difficulties in starting or maintaining social contacts
- Difficulties in maintaining a dialogue (speak in monologues)
- Misunderstanding of other people’s body language
- Well developed speech for his age
- Willingness to speak long and long on particular topics that interest him immensely
- Speaking out loud your thoughts
- Difficulties with the development of motility
- Great interest in parts, not in the whole subject
- Hypersensitivity to light, odors, noise, surfaces and other stimuli (sensory dysfunction)
As can be seen, many of the symptoms of high functional autism are associated with abnormal behavior in society. Most often, your child’s problems will be best seen when he is surrounded by children of his own age.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CLASSICAL AND SOFT OUTISM
The main difference between the two forms of autism is that children with a mild form usually have normal speech and a level of intellectual development. In some children, both spheres may even be developed above average.
Another difference is that people with classic autism refrain from social interactions, and people with a milder form usually seek to communicate and want to make friends. But they, more often than not, fail to establish full contact with other people because of not knowing how to do it.
COMMUNICATE WITH A DOCTOR
If you think that you or your child has mild autism, consult a general practitioner. If he communicates with you and asks you to complete a special questionnaire, shares your concerns, then you will have to visit a neuropathologist. Perhaps he will give you a diagnosis – then you will have to start working on skills that are lagging behind you or your baby.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Autism sounds scary, but you can work with it and mitigate its manifestations. You will definitely need to replenish your piggy bank of knowledge, talking on specialized forums, reading articles and books. Knowledge, support and love, combined together – the best that can be offered to a person suffering from autism.