Autism and the Family (1)
A mother talks about problems she had in obtaining a diagnosis for her autistic son.
There was something different about Laurie. He is eighteen months younger than my daughter, so I was very aware of what a child should do, if you like. And he didnâ€™t interact with us as a baby â€“ although he was talking, he wasnâ€™t talking to us, he was just using words. Unfortunately we then had to wait eleven months to see the speech and language therapist. At that point I thought he was seeing a speech and language therapist because he had a slight lisp. So I was waiting to see the pediatrician, saw the speech and language therapist who said, â€œWell, of course he is autistic,â€ because she thought I knew. So, we had this gentle breaking to us of the situation and then she backtracked and said â€œIâ€™m terribly sorry; I canâ€™t make a diagnosis,â€ but that is when it was mentioned, the word was mentioned.
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Professor David Skuse explains that autism is more common in boys than girls.
Autism is a disorder in brain development that becomes apparent in earliest childhood. It is defined by problems in socialization, communication, and repetitive behaviors.
Students learn about the symptoms associated with autism, explore the nature of 'normal' behavior, and can design a quasi-experiment to test a hypothesis about autism.
Professor David Skuse discusses the importance of identifying autism symptoms. Failing to diagnose the disorder can disrupt their social and educational attainments.
Autistic individuals often have poor social skills. Here we see an autistic child who does not interact in typical social play.
Professor David Skuse discusses the rise in autism diagnosis, which does not appear to relate to toxins, immunizations, or allergies.
Children with autism often have poor communication skills. Here we can see an autistic child who uses another person’s hand as a play tool.
Jake, who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome talks about the disorder.
Professor Pat Levitt explains that the sooner autism is diagnosed, the more effective the intervention.
Children with autistic spectrum disorders often prefer repetition. Here, two autistic children engage in stereotypical repetitive behaviors.