AUTISM (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
* What is Autism?
* Signs and Symptoms
* Assessment procedure usually involves the following
* Assessments are usually conducted by
* Early Intervention
* Intervention programs – Interdisciplinary approach
* Professionals involved in intervention
* Approaches used
* Tips for parents
What is Autism?
The National Autistic Society, UK defines Autism as “A lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. Children and adults with autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction. Their ability to develop friendships is generally limited as is their capacity to understand other people’s emotional expression.” Back To Top Signs and Symptoms There are three key areas of cluster features, which provide the criteria for a diagnosis for autism, these are known as the ‘triad of impairments’ (Wing and Gould, 1979)
1. Social: Impaired, deviant and extremely delayed social development – especially interpersonal development. The variation may be from ‘autistic aloofness’ to ‘active but odd’ characteristics.
2. Language and Communication: Impaired and deviant language and communication development – verbal and non-verbal.
3. Thought and behaviour: Rigidity of thought and behaviour and poor social imagination, like ritualistic behaviour, reliance on routines, extreme delay or absence of pretend play.For More Details….