How Does Autism Affect Different Age Groups

  • Dr. Pravin Jain
  • August 25, 2021
Medically known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Autism is a complex developmental condition presenting constant difficulties in social interaction, speech and non-verbal communication, and causing repetitive behavioural patterns. It is a lifelong condition usually diagnosed in early childhood. However, the symptoms of ASD and its severity varies from person to person. Autism treatment in homeopathy is one of the most efficient ways proven to be extremely beneficial to treat people of different ages suffering from the disorder. 
 
Symptoms of Autism in Children
 
  • 6 months old: If by 6 months of age a baby doesn’t coo or smile or can’t express joyful gestures, then it is an early sign of Autism.
  • 9 months old: By the age of 9 months, Autistic children make limited or no eye contact, do not make any noises and do not smile back at their loved ones.
  • 12 months old: A 12-month-old baby with ASD may not babble, may not be able to point out things, may not wave back, and may not respond to their names.
  • As a toddler: A year-old toddler with Autism may not display affection, dislike being cuddled, may get scared of new people, speak very little, cannot initiate conversation, and may struggle to ask for help.
  • 18 months old: By this age, an Autistic child may not be able to walk properly, may make repetitive movements like flapping hands, may get upset by certain tastes, smells, and sounds.
  • 2-3 years old: By this age, children with ASD may have limited speech, may not be interested in playing with others, prefer their own company, may have a keen interest in certain subjects.
  • 4-5 years old: By this age, Autistic children may not be able to answer questions clearly and may display extreme behaviours like aggression, shyness or sadness.
 
Symptoms of Autism in Adults
 
Sometimes people with Autism are diagnosed later in life as grown adults. Following classic signs can be observed in adults having ASD:
 
  • Struggling to process the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Preferring to be by themselves.
  • Anxiety in social situations.
  • May not be able to read facial expressions and body language.
  • Difficulty engaging in a back-and-forth conversation.
  • Only like to monologue about their own interests.
  • May seem unintentionally rude.
  • Speaking in a monotone voice.
  • Dislike disturbance in their routine.
 
Some Autistic Adults are immensely talented and can be very successful in their chosen fields.
 
Causes of Autism
 
The exact cause of ASD is unknown but the following are some of the suspected factors:
 
1. Fragile X syndrome and other genetic disorders.
2. Genetic mutations.
3. Having an immediate family member with Autism.
4. Being born to older parents
5. Low birth weight.
6. Exposure to heavy metals and environmental toxins.
7. Fetal exposure to medications like valproic acid or thalidomide.
 
Behavioural and educational therapies along with family support can help in controlling the symptoms of Autism. The onset of Autism can be realised at different life stages, but according to Dr. Pravin Jain, one of the best homeopathy doctors in Dadar, it can be managed best if detected early on. At HomoeoCARE, we offer the best treatment and  homeopathic medicine for autism that helps Autistic people lead normal, productive lives.
 

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