Autism Spectrum Disorder – what are the symptoms?

According to ASPECT Australia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, affects a person’s communication and social skills. Those with autism also display repetitive behaviour and narrow interests. A child is born with the lifelong condition, however they can live normal lives depending on the diagnosis.

According to the new manual for autism, an autism diagnosis is ranked by 1, 2 or three depending on the support it needs

So what are the symptoms of ASD? According to Proffessor Uta Frith and ASPECT Australia there are three main symptoms of ASD; here is a brief summary of them.

Reciprocal Social Interactions

  • Has a hard time developing and maintain relationships
  • Trouble understanding nonverbal communication like gestures, facial expressions and physical contact
  • Finds it difficult to express their needs and empathising with others
  • Often seems aloof and distant

 Communication

  • Learns to speak and communicate late, sometimes never at all
  • Those who can speak may be limited or do so unusually
  • Only speaks of topics that interests themselves
  • Has trouble starting and holding conversations

 Repetitive Activities and Narrow Interests

  • Is often seen doing repetitive movements like rocking and flapping
  • Repeats routines day after day
  • Doesn’t like to change their routines
  • Concentrates on narrow areas of interest
  • May be over-sensitive to loud noises, bright lights and busy environments
  • May be under-sensitive to smells tastes even pain

 

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At Kindom we are busy developing an app that will help parents all over the world. We have now launched our Crowd funding campaign to take our prototype into production. If we reach our $50,000 goal we will produce v1.0 of Kindom, which will let you store all your family records in one, secure place.  If we reach our stretch targets, we will be able to add more tools and resources to the app, advanced insights with health and education professionals and a fully developed knowledge database.

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Sources and further Information

Autism Characteristics (2015) Available at: http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/content/characteristics?gclid=CjwKEAjwiZitBRCy0pb3rIbG9XwSJACmuvvzntxUaU4QPmfq953ghysijX3P1BRxEKISm-84sMh2qBoC6lXw_wcB (Accessed: 16 July 2015)

 

Frith, U. (2008) Autism: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press

 

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