How old were my boys when they were diagnosed with autism? My oldest son was officially diagnosed at the age of 8 in the middle of second grade. He was diagnosed with high functioning autism. My second son was diagnosed at the age of 3 with high functioning autism as well. My third son was diagnosed at 1 month old. He began home therapy at 8 months old.
How do I explain autism to others? With my son’s I explain to others that they hear what you are saying, but may not acknowledge you nor will they look at you. They often times prefer to be alone or to be in their own world. They usually would want to get in and get out of situations as quickly as possible. Autism is not a disease nor can you catch it. It is something that you have to learn to live with.
What is one thing you want others to know about autism? Early interventions are important! Once you get your child’s diagnosis start getting the help your child will need. I also want people to realize that when our kids are put in the right environment with the proper training that they can truly be successful.
What is the best resource for autism? Though your doctor’s and teachers are usually a great help, I personally like the help of other parents with children on the spectrum. Because autism is a very broad spectrum I have found that other parents walking a similar path to yours is very helpful and allows you to help each other.
What is the one thing I want to share with everyone that has autism? I want everyone with autism to know that regardless of where you are on the spectrum, I am here for you, and you are more than welcome to be here. I am here to listen and pray with you, or you can just vent! There is no judgements from me! We are in this together!
What is something that people can do, when dealing with autism, which is most helpful? The one thing that comes to mind here is, when parents are dealing with their child/children in public and you hear screaming or crying, don’t stare, don’t video what’s going on, don’t make comments, and don’t be judgmental! If you’re not going to help please just walk away.
What is autism exactly? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors Symptoms that hurt the person’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments and services can improve a person’s symptoms and ability to function.