Early Signs and Symptoms of Autism

Parents frequently ask "What are the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder?" and unfortunately we can't always give a straight answer. Autism isn't like most diagnoses where your child will display symptoms x, y and z and you know that's what it is. Autism has a range of symptoms that fit into two categories and the presentations between children may vary significantly. Read on to find out [...]
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What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is classified as a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder. What this means is it is lifelong and relates to the development of the brain. Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterised by difficulties with social communication and interaction, and ritualised patterns of behaviours. Symptoms often present in early childhood, but the average age of diagnosis is 5.49 years.
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Why Do Kids With Autism Experience Bullying More Than Their Peers?

Research suggests that individuals with autism spectrum disorders experience victimisation and social rejection up to four times more than their peers without autism. When looking at the playground, children and adolescents with autism were more likely to experience intentional social exclusion (being purposefully left out or avoided) and acts of physical aggression from their peers.
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Why Do Girls With Autism Have Difficulty Getting Diagnosed?

Recent research has uncovered differences among boys and girls in their presentation and experiences of ASD. Understanding of what was previously assumed to be a male-dominant diagnosis, has now broadened, uncovering unique signs and symptoms of ASD for boys and girls. It is possible that several girls with an ASD diagnosis have flown under the radar due to limited understanding of female [...]
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