Thursday, 10 December 2015 10:42

The Facts Surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders is a complex condition that affects normal functioning of the gastrointestinal, immune, hepatic, endocrine and nervous systems. It impacts normal brain development. Children with this disorder commonly have difficulty communicating, participating in social interactions and having restrictions on activities and interests.

However, there are some areas of development where a child with autism develops skills beyond their years in other areas such as an improved visual spatial ability. An accelerated interest in drawing and music skills may be experienced. Other areas that can show strength include reading, non-verbal reasoning and exceptional memory.

The Factors Surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorders

The diagnosis of autism can generally describe a wide spectrum of symptoms. Because of this, there are five diagnoses under the term autism spectrum disorders.

  1. Autistic Disorder – Occurs 4 times more frequently in boys than girls. Children tend to show signs of regression between 12-24 months of age after beginning normal development. Problems using language and withdrawn behavior are common losses.
  2. Asperger’s Disorder – Many experts view this disorder as a high-functioning autism. Children with this disorder have no significant delays in language skills or cognitive development but can have impairments in social functions and repetitive mannerisms.
  3. Pervasive Development Disorder – Diagnosed when the child doesn’t fall into the characteristics of other autism spectrum disorders but show signs other ways. This includes severe limitations in social, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  4. Rett’s Disorder – Has been known to only appear in girls to date. A deceleration of head growth and loss of previously acquired language and hand skills occurs when the child is between 5-18 months old.
  5. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – This diagnosis is also known as Heller’s Disease. It refers to the normal development of children until age 2 who then lose acquired skills. It commonly occurs between 36-48 months of age and can occur up to 10 years of age.

Your Charleston Health Specializes in Treating Autism Patients

If you or a loved one has autism, we are here to help! At Your Charleston Health, our mission is to improve your quality of life by providing professional chiropractic and cranial adjustment services for everyone in the family. Stop by our local office located on Coleman Blvd or call us at (843) 654-4540 today. You can also contact us by clicking here!

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