These are symptoms of Autism that can range from very mild to very obvious. The symptoms are either a parent or professional doctor will recognize and examine when making a diagnosis of Autism. It is estimated that 1 in 100 children has Autism. This estimate would mean about 650,000 children in the US has Autism. Autism is diagnosed by observing behaviors.
Problems in Relationships
The person may have problems understanding behaviors of others – especially non-verbal actions. They may also have problems using non-verbal expressions such as hand gestures and facial expressions. To many the person with Autism will seem to be indifferent to the actions of others because they do not react to different behaviors.
Obsession With Rituals of Objects
The problems a person with Autism can have is any change in a particular ritual or way of doing things. The person with Autism can have their own particular way of doing things such as the way they brush their teeth in the morning – Everything up to having the tube of toothpaste in a particular location on the counter, even though this has no practical bearing on properly brushed teeth. Any deviation from this kind of ritual, brought on by another person, may cause problems for the person with Autism.
Problems with Communication
The person with Autism may have a delay in the progress and development of speech. They will make no effort to communicate with hand gestures or expressions. Issues with keeping a conversation or starting a conversation will be present. They can have problems understanding metaphors and will only understand straightforward speech. Saying ‘it is raining cats and dogs’ may not make any logical sense to the person with Autism.
These three key symptoms and indications are NOT always a clear indication of having Autism, but should be examined further if these issues are problematic in a child’s development