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Autism - Is My Child Autistic? How Can I Tell?

Every so often, Autism become the topic in the news for a week. Celebrities go on Larry King Live or elsewhere and share their stories about their Autistic children. Shows are done about the statistics of Autism and its possible causes.

It is natural that as people become more aware of Autism, for them to wonder whether their child is Autistic or not. No parent wants to think that something could be wrong with their child. Yet, when they watch a news report, or hear someone talking about a child that has Autism, they start to re-evaluate their own child's health.

The are many symptoms of Autism - but these will vary from child to child. And just because you see some symptoms of Autism in your child, it does not mean they are Autistic.

There are other medical conditions that have the same symptoms as those seen with Autism. Some children are late on their developmental milestones. Every child develops at their own rate, so if your child, for example, is not talking by the time they are one, this does not mean, with any certainty, that he or she has Autism.

Of course, if you have concerns about your child's development speak to their healthcare provider. They can tell you if further testing should be pursued.

Many parents think they can self diagnoses their children. Certainly you should be aware of your child's progress and general heatlh. And if you feel any alarm, seek help. Still it takes several qualified medical professionals to diagnose a child with Autism. And this is not done with one appointment at the pediatrician. A team of health care providers will evaluate your child. Note that the earlier you have your child evaluated the better the chances of treatment helping the child.

Try not to compare your child with other children. Each child is an individual - growing and developing at their own rate. They may be late at some milestones, while excelling at others. Still sometimes a parent has a gut instinct that tells them there is something wrong. If you feel that your child is having problems and the doctor does not agree, get a second opinion. Parents have to be the voice for their child.

Finding out if your child is Autistic can take time. It can be a life changing experience for both the child and the parent. Once you find out that your child is Autistic, you can begin the process of treatment. Or you can discover what is causing your child's problems, if it is not Autism.

Signs that your child needs to be evaluated further include:
    1. No eye contact.

    2. No communication. This can be sounds, or words.

    3. Shows no emotions.

    4. Does not pretend play.

    5. Uses repetitive movements.

    6. Have a hard time with schedule changes.

    7. Do not respond to you when you are talking to them. This can be with looks or words.

    8. Does things over and over again.

    9. Loses skills they knew.

    10. Develops an attachment to a certain food, or smell. These are sensory issues.
If you see these signs in your child, bring them to the attention of your doctor. Getting a diagnosis early and treatment plan started are very important. At the same time, don't drive yourself crazy over every little thing. Some children just take a little longer to reach their milestones.

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