Symptoms of autism during childhood, teenage and adulthood
They are the parents only who first notice the symptoms of autism among the ward(s). After them the other care giver(s) who notice the symptoms. Either or the both of these people can find the abnormal situation during the first 3 years of the child’s birth. It is proven fact the problem of autism starts congenitally or before birth, but due to infancy it does not get noticed in the child, so there is no scope of diagnosing the problem.
In most of the cases, the parents notice the indifference in the child towards any sort of playing in certain games or the child dislikes to be held. The other symptom of the child is not starting any talk.
One interesting point is a few of the autistic toddlers begin talking like others in the same age but after some time the child finally loses his or her language skills or stops talking. Due to this symptom, parents some time become confused whether the child has the hearing power or not. There are some misconceptions that if a child does not speak means the child does not have the hearing power too. Even there are some cases when a child can identify the distant sound like whistle of a train or horn of a vehicle.
Any intensive or early treatment can give relieves too many such children. These types of children, in some cases, are found to improve their abilities while communicating or relating to others. Through this, they help themselves to grow as much as possible with the progression of their ages. There is no truth in the ‘myth’ that autistic children remain isolated or remain in their own world.
Symptoms among autistic teens
Teen age is a very significant stage for any autistic child. In this stage a lot of behavioral changes are noticed among these teenagers. Many such teens gain different types of skills but lack the power of relating to others or understanding others. Emerging sexuality or puberty are the subjects of “unknown world” for these teens while the other normal teens are seen to be very active and “prove their puberty related talks among the peer groups”. Because of these issues, the autistic teens pose different related “awkwardness” for their parents. Since girls and boys have different puberty related biological issues, situations become very difficult to be conveyed.
The problems like epilepsy, anxiety and depression are the known issues for these autistics teens.
Symptoms among autistic adults
A few of the autistic adults are in a position to do some work. A few also are found to be living their own. The degree of this type of autistic adults’ leading independent life depends upon their communicating ability and the level of intelligence. It is found that 33 per cent of these adults can live with their partial independence.
In contrast to the above, some adults need different types of supports or assistances. These adults have low intelligence label and they are not in a position to speak.
What are the supportive measures for these adults?
A residential treatment program can be provided, under either a full time or part time supervisor.
What about the high functioning autistic adults?
There are many examples that high functioning adults can perform successfully. These people can also lead an independent & successful life. This is also beyond any doubt that these people also face some difficulties when it comes to related with other people. As far as their intelligence is concerned, they have average to above average level of intelligence.