Autism is a neural developmental disorder which is associated with damaged social interaction and communication skills, coupled with an obsessive and repetitive behavior. One of the most important symptoms associated with autism is the social deficit and the inability to think from the perspective of another individual (which is also referred to as the theory of mind).
Autism is a brain dysfunction which develops in early childhood and persists throughout life. Symptoms of mild autism are often associated with another neurological disorder known as Asperger’s Syndrome. The symptoms of mild autism are often manifested after the age of three years. It is only after this age, that the parents become aware of the condition of their child.
In cases of mild autism, autistic person is able to develop his/her own construct or rules which help them respond to the behavior of others in different situations. If not addressed adequately mild autism may progress to become more severe.
One should remember that children with mild autism develop to have average or higher than average intelligence.
Mild Autism Symptoms In Children
Some of the common sets of symptoms that are observed in individuals suffering from mild form of autism include,
- Inability to initiate a conversation with other children or make friendships. Even in cases where the child may successful initiate a conversation, he/she may not be able to sustain the interaction for a longer duration.
- The child often is so grossly engaged in his/her activity, that they completely ignore the people or individuals around them. In most cases, the child continues to play with the same toy for long periods of time.
- Talking for long duration or discussing completely unrelated things are important signs of mild autism
- Children suffering from mild autism may often find it very difficult to maintain eye contact for long duration of time.
- Some children associated with mild autism may manifest symptoms like severe mood swings, lack of consideration for others feelings, etc.
- Repetitive behavior is another indication of mild autism. Children may continue to repeat the same lines of a book or watch the same move or repeat a previous conversation.
- Other symptoms associated with mild autism include poor motor skills, inability to figure out another person’s body language and immense interest in the minutest detail of the most non trivial topic or thing.
Treatment For Mild Autism In Children
In most cases, children with mild autism are often teased at school or by friends and relatives. Ignoring the signs of mild autism can lead to development of serious autism.
Unfortunately there is no treatment or cure for autism. Family support plays a very crucial role in improving the physical and mental functions of a child suffering from this condition. These children need immense amount of psychological support.
Consult a psychiatrist or a psychologist to help you understand how to manage a child with autism. Homeopathic medicines have been considered to benefit certain cases of mild autism. A constitutional medicine is often indicated in the management of mild to severe cases of autism.