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Autism and children

Many issues arise for parents concerned about autism and children. From early symptoms of Autism to the most effective activities for autistic children, parents have much to face and many decisions to make.

Autism and Children

Children are typically diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders between the ages of 18 and 36 months. Children with Asperger's syndrome may receive diagnosis significantly later. Current studies and research is focused on detecting autistic disorders as early as possible.

Importance of Early Detection

Early diagnosis is a crucial part of getting the necessary interventions to help children function to their greatest capacity. Early intervention programs differ from one region to the next but they share one basic element, increased probability of success. The younger a child is, the more likely he is to succeed.

Recognizing the early signs of autism is an important aspect of getting proper diagnosis but other problems have to be faced as well, including grief.

Parenting an Autistic Child

Parents may feel significant grief when their children are diagnosed. While parenting an autistic child is challenging, there are many rewards in rearing such beautifully unique individual. It is natural to feel a sense of loss but this emotion is gradually replaced with wonder and pride for each goal that is achieved.


Babies who have older autistic siblings are more likely to be diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder. The likelihood of a diagnosis doubles for siblings, currently a 1 out of 75 chance.

Neurotypical siblings play a crucial role in an autistic child's development, whether younger or older. Siblings can model appropriate behavior, encourage social interaction and provide support for their brothers and sisters.


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Autism and Children