Did I Cause My Child's Autism?
There's no known cause of Autism. Research suggests that Autism develops from a combination of genetic and non-genetic, or environmental, influences. These influences appear to increase the risk that a child will develop Autism.
How Is Autism Diagnosed?
A diagnosis of ASD is ultimately made based on your description of your child's development, plus careful observation of certain behaviours by your pediatrician, autism experts, medical tests, and your child's history.
How Can I Deal With This Diagnosis?
Start by being patient and kind with yourself, your spouse, and your child. Talk to a therapist and start early intervention. Join a support group. Do research and get information on how you can support your child even at home. Find out the best programs and other resources in your area. You aren’t expected to face this challenge alone.
Can My Child's Autism Be Cured?
NO! Autism is not a disease and so it cannot be cured. However, it can be managed and with early intervention, most children experience significant improvement in their quality of life and many children learn to function independently in mainstream schools.
Will My Child Be Able To Talk?
There are non-verbal autistic children and there may be different reasons behind it. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will never speak or will speak at a specific time when specific methods are followed. Around 25 to 30 percent of children with ASD are minimally verbal (which means they speak fewer than 30 words.) Be positive and optimistic; be there for your child, verbal or nonverbal.
How Do I Find Help For My Child?
Get professional advice and referrals from your healthcare team, talk to a behavioral or occupational therapist. Connect with other parents with children on the spectrum.
Will My Child Ever Be Normal?
Your child is not abnormal to begin with, he/she has Autism; a neurodevelopmental disorder. With the right intervention, patience and kindness your child with Autism will achieve his/her full potential and lead a productive life.
What Can I Do To Prepare My Child For The Future?
Early intervention is Key, we advise parents not to wait and see. Seek help and move as fast as possible to support your child.
Who Is At High Risk For Autism?
Children who have a sister or brother with Autism Spectrum Disorder are at greater risk of having Autism. Parents who have a child with ASD, are likely to have another child with the condition.
Does Autism Run In Families?
Autism Spectrum Disorder has a tendency to run in families, but the inheritance pattern is usually unknown.