Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders that share similar symptoms—it is referred to as autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
There are several signs that may indicate whether your child has ASD during their pre-school years. If you notice that your child has delays in their speech development, frequently repeats certain sets of words, has a monotonous tone when speaking or prefers to speak with single words even though they are capable of articulating full sentences, you may need to seek a medical assessment from a professional.
Other indicators of ASD include rejecting physical contact or eye contact, having little interest in interacting with others, being unaware of personal space and boundaries, displaying repetitive movements like rocking back and forth and playing with toys in repetitive sequences.
If your child displays these symptoms, they may benefit from targeted treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or medication.
According to autsitica.org.uk, one in three autistic people have a learning disability. It’s therefore imperative to identify the limits of your child’s condition and assign them help where it is needed.
This may involve sourcing an autism-focused school or assigning them a helper to assist them during classes. During this time, it is important that you be patient and understanding, your child will need your love and support in order to reach their full potential.