"When parents say, 'I wish my child did not have autism,' what they're really saying is 'I wish the autistic child I have did not exist and
Wendy Prevezer, a speech therapist, describes how she uses singing and percussion instruments to encourage children with
For the parents of an autistic child, this basic element of sociability is
The Child With Autism
A preschool age child with "classic" autism is generally withdrawn, aloof, and fails to respond to other people. Many of these children will not even make eye contact. They may also engage in odd or ritualistic behaviors like rocking, hand flapping, or an obsessive need to maintain order.
Many children with autism do not speak at all. Those who do may speak in rhyme, have echolalia (repeating a person's words like an echo), refer to themselves as a Ahe or Ashe, or use peculiar language.
Occasionally, a child with autism may display an extraordinary talent in art, music, or another specific area.
The cause of autism remains unknown, although current theories indicate a problem with the function or structure of the central nervous system. What we do know, however, is that parents do not cause autism.
Although there is no cure for
autism, appropriate specialized treatment provided early in life can
have a positive impact on the child's development and produce an
overall reduction in disruptive behaviors and symptoms.
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