Autism refers to a condition where the person in question has problem communicating and relating with other people. This is usually due to the inability to understand other people’s emotions and feelings which in turn makes it hard for him or her to express his or her own emotions. It is usually referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders since it covers a wide range of social interaction disorders.
At any age, it is possible to identify a person suffering from autism if they exhibit some sort of repetitive behavior. This is where a child constantly does a particular action over and over again. It mainly involves some sort of body movement. Some common examples are handclapping, rocking, flapping and even spinning. The severity of the repetitive behavior can be used to predict the severity of autism (Bodfish et al., 2000). Researchers believe that this repetitive behavior is a way of relieving anxiety in patients within the autism spectrum.
Patients suffering from autism may also have unusual responses to people. It is known that patients within the autism spectrum have difficulties when relating to people’s emotions. This is a big hindrance to communication since reading people’s feelings is an important part of communication. Patients who suffer from autism do not have this ability and therefore they end up giving inappropriate feedback when people try to associate with them. O’Neil and Jones (1997), say that clinical studies suggest that unusual sensory responses are present in a majority of children with autism. Autistic people also have a tendency to form symbolic attachments to people, inanimate objects and even to routine patterns.
Autistic people tend to form a particular pattern or routine of doing some tasks. If this pattern is broken or if something in their pattern is out of place they get aggressive, angry or are unable to complete their task. They are extremely resistant to change in their patterns.
Symptoms of autism can start manifesting themselves from as early as 6 months in a child’s life. As we have seen the symptoms can easily be mistaken as normal childhood behavior. However, most of these symptoms persist and end up hindering normal cognitive and emotional development which is very important to a child. Outdoor play is said to be healthy and beneficial for kids, even for those with autism. Read our tree house decoration ideas for your future tree house designs!