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Some clues may arise and encourage early evaluation. Those clues identified below are in at early stage between 1 and 2 years:
Does not babble, does not point or does not make any communicative gestures around 1 year
Does not try to imitate
Does not show the objects to another
Seems to prefer being alone
Does not ask for support or assistance directly
Laughs for no apparent reason
Not afraid of real dangers
Resists to changes in routine
Likes to engage in obsessive games (e.g. aligning objects) or repetitive actions
Has teardrops crises, tantrums or become incapacitated without knowing why
Is fascinated by rotating objects
Carries an excessive attachment to objects
Sometimes seems to be deaf
Rarely establishes eye contact
Does not respond to the call of his name
Does not smile
Loses language or social skills
Have Difficulties in establishing contacts with others, seems indifferent to others
Does not seem to know how to play with toys
The parent, father or mother, is the pillar for the autistic child. As a parent, he has a privileged role; he observes his evolution from his bassinet to his departure from the family nest. With no doubt, he is the expert of his child.
Over time, your comments and your daily interactions with your child will help the therapist provide the best suggestions for your child. This will ensure that your child benefits from his individualized intervention program, at the most appropriate speed for him.
Give the best of yourself. Nobody, especially your child, do not expect from you to be a teacher, you are a unique member of your child’s team: a parent who loves him.
Remember that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or with relationship and communication disorders are diverse groups of children, with interests, strengths and weaknesses that are very different.
Many people with ASD have sensory issues from mild to severe. Different senses may be involved. Sensory problems may explain some odd behaviors.
The path to autonomy is long and rough. To maximize their parenting skills, the father and mother need to know if they make the right choices.
Their development is erratic and unpredictable. You do not know what to think. Cruelly, you receive little or no recognition from your child for the provided cares, on top of that, advices are given from everywhere: family, friends, relatives, keeping saying : “I would do this …”, why you do not do this …” or the deadly one “I have heard that … ‘. Sometimes, especially, when the child is very young, you begin to doubt on yourself and on your skills. Remember, that like all parents, you know your child better than anyone.
You are the expert for your child.
Parental attitude is also strongly influenced by the way society and community perceive the difference, the “unexpected”. A child with autism is so different that it may raise questions and concerns to community”. Actually, this is driven by the fear of the unknown and the fear of the difference. Because an autistic child will sometimes shake up social conventions, making some others feel uncomfortable.
Parents and siblings (and sometimes members of the extended family) of the autistic child can express some specific needs and difficulties at various times of their lives, which has tremendous consequences on families’ supporting services and cases management.
In addition, the culture of the family determines to a large extent what it means for the family to have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its inclination or not to look for help outside.