When the first time you hear about the words "Autism" or "Autism Spectrum Disorder", you probably wondering and have so many questions. I read about the confusion in the news, social media, and every where about this disorder. Some people believe that this cause by the vaccine that children receive so I tried to collect informations and I want to share with all of you. But first of all, let's find out what is Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ?
The study said that Autism is developmental disability that appears in the first 3 years of the children life. It is the disorder of the brain. Autism more common in boys than girls.
So how do you know if your children is autistic?
In the medical field, there's no test for Autism yet but we can find out by the presence or lack of some behavior.
Children with Autism usually have behavioral symptom in :
The first year of life, most of children learn to walk and talk, the children with autism has very inconsistent development, she or he might start to develop normally but then she or he seem STOP, may start to talk but then STOP. It is really important to making an autism diagnosis.
Children with autism also have difficulty to socialize with other children. It's not because they can't interact with others but they interact with others in the odd way. It's not they don't want to have a friend but they don't know how.
Other area that autistic children have difficulty are speech, language, also nonverbal communication. The problem is not that he or she does't want to talk but they don't know how to starting conversation so they rather do not communicate.
The last area is the interests. Autistic children have some odd behavioral or interests, for example rocking, hand flapping, spinning, or pacing.
So what the cause of autism ?
A lot of people thinking that the vaccine cause autism. Some people think that there's a link between thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative used in some vaccine) and autism but IT NEVER BEEN PROVEN.
Even though never been proven, thimerosal has been removed from all routinely given childhood vaccines in USA.
Autism is developmental disorder. We still do not know what causes autism but scientists are making significant breakthroughs in the genetics of autism.
Is there any cure or treatment for Autism ?
Research found out that early intervention will help autistic children to learn social and communication skills plus daily living function.
Most of children with autism can improve with early diagnosis, complete intervention program, and support at home !!
The intervention that used to treat autism are:
But any kind of treatment that you will do for your children, it is important for you to always do your own research and read more information about it.
I know it will be hard to parent or any family member to have your loved one diagnose with Autism or even any kind of disorders. Parent can be helpful for other parents. As a parent, you can educate more by read and do research about it. But most important is LOVE YOUR CHILD, TREAT HIM or HER AS NORMALLY AS POSSIBLE. Your child is just different but again, every child is different.
Finally, please think twice before you blame the vaccine which can help your children, protect your children to get other disease. (just saying)
Freeman, B. J., "Diagnosis of the Syndrome of Autism: Questions Parent Ask", 2000