Autism symptoms checklist


What is autism?

Autism is a disease that affects the neurological development of the human body. It is four times more likely to occur in boys as compared to girls and is generally detected by the age of three. It results in communication problems. The disease involves abnormalities in the brain which apparently controls the nervous system. Autistic people respond aggressively to sensory stimulations like touch, sound and light. Autism is one of the rare nervous disorders that affect one or two of every one thousand people. The cause of the disease is yet to be discovered and identified. The cause of autism has not been discovered as yet. The disease may be due to genetic, environmental, metabolic and infectious reasons.

What are its symptoms? A checklist:

Autism affects the neurological development of the human body, but it has been found that more than one-third of the autism patients don't have any abnormal intelligence. They face problems in conversation and interaction. The disease is marked by several symptoms that vary from mild to extreme. The most prevalent symptom of the disorder is an abnormal change in the behavioral patterns of the diseased. The behavior becomes more and more aggressive on general occasions. An autistic infant may find general touches unbearably painful and slightly loud noises may cause crying which might be difficult to control. The disease is all about unusual, abnormal, and aggressive responses that any other normal child would not exhibit. The following are some of such behavioral patterns:

The child begins to find pleasure in solitude.
The child reacts aggressively to normal touches and smells and general noises.
The child begins to resist cuddling and other gestures of affection.
The child finds it difficult to interact and communicate.
The child exhibits tantrums.
The child runs away from eye contact.
Besides these abnormal behavioral patterns, autistic children usually have an impaired language development. They face problems while expressing themselves and generally cry, laugh or show distress when not able to express themselves. Their speech patterns are improper and lack intonation and involve repetition and expression. The mental processes of the child become slow and face difficulty in learning and understanding things.

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