Autism symptoms checklist

Autism is a disorder that involves many parts of the brain, not just one. It is a neural development disorder, meaning the Childs brain development is either hindered or slower than other children.

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There is a broad spectrum of autism. This means that Autism develops or manifests its self in different ways.

An autism symptoms checklist may hold value, but one has to remember that just because of its presence it does not mean that your child may be autistic. There has been numerous studies of autism and an autism symptoms checklist may give insight to whether or not the child is autistic and if he or she is autistic how severe and what kind of autism the child may have.

In an autism symptoms checklist the child has to display 6 or more characteristics out of 12 in order to be classified as autistic in areas: Social interaction, communication and behavior”. So even if the child presents some similarities to a few of the listed behaviors, but does not meet the criteria for autism, they may get a diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder also known as autism.

A few examples found in an autism symptoms checklist are the following. Take note, that theses questions are not to be related to simply regular moodiness, but be related to a more abnormal or extreme behavior.

* Loss of language skill and social skills such as maintaining a conversation. The child has much difficulty in holding a conversation and thinking about what the other person or persons in the conversation is relating to. Autistic people tend to concentrate more on the physical attributes of a conversation rather than the verbal part.
* Very high or very low senses such as taste, touch, sight, sound and smell as well as balance and reaction to pain.
* Is rather withdrawn and does not make eye contact. Prefers to be alone; aloof manner.
* Tantrums or shows much distress for no reason at all.
* Difficulty in expressing needs or frequently uses gestures or pointing to things instead of uttering words.
* Non responsiveness to verbal cues or acts as if the child can’t hear.
* Dislikes changes in routine and insists in sameness.
* Tends to rub the mouth in some cases licks or mouths small objects.
* When verbal, they often speak nonsense words or words that have been memorized in one form or another.

This autism symptoms checklist is just a very broad spectrum example. A slightly more precise autism symptoms checklist is known as the diagnostic criteria 299.00 autistic disorder. This is found in the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition (DSM IV). A gain, this autism symptoms checklist has to have at least 6 of the 12 to be categorized as autism. For example in part A of the checklist is states “A. A total of six (or more) items from one (2), two (2), and three (3), with that at least two from one (1), and one each from (2) and (3)”. This autism symptoms checklist is not as simple as one might think, but it is needed to be as slightly complex in order to get the proper diagnosis.

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