Getting Help for Autism
The earlier a child starts getting help, the better. But figuring out if a kid has an autism spectrum disorder can be difficult at the beginning. A parent is usually the first to think that something could be wrong. Maybe the child is old enough to speak but doesn’t. Or a kid doesn’t seem interested in people, has a hard time playing with others, or acts in unusual ways.
There is no cure for autism, but doctors, therapists and special education teachers can help kids learn to communicate better. A kid might learn sign language or get a message across by pointing at pictures. The team also can help improve a kid’s social skills, stuff like taking turns and playing in a group.
Some kids who have mild symptoms will graduate high school and may go to college and live on their own. Many will always need some kind of help. But all will have brighter futures when they have the support and understanding of their families, doctors, teachers, therapies and friends.
The 5 Senses
- Some people with autism may not like bright lights and colors. Other people with autism might like them a lot.
- Some people with autism may not like loud noises. Other people with autism might like certain noises.
- Some people with autism may not like some smells. Other people with autism might like a certain smell.
- Some people with autism may not like being touched. Other people with autism might like being touched.
- Some people with autism may like to eat the same food every day. Other people with autism might like lots of different food.