This Diagnostic Autism information is designed to help those people who are falling through the cracks -- the adults and children who are "on the spectrum" but have not yet been officially diagnosed.
Diagnostic Autism Checklist
Many different terms are used - autism, Asperger syndrome and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are the most common. Many other terms are used, such as pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), static encephalopathy, communication disorder, non-verbal, and a dozen other terms. Sometimes these terms are used correctly, sometimes they are not.
For purposes of this page, the word "Autism" or the abbreviation "ASD" will be used to refer to this entire collection of terms.
Many people struggle with undiagnosed ASD. They are labeled as lazy and indifferent. Others think they don't care about doing well. They often get mediocre or bad grades at school, and are not successful on the job, even though you would think they could do much better. They may have few friends, and feel all alone and misunderstood. Their undiagnosed disability is holding them back from enjoying the happiness and success they could otherwise achieve. Often they do not know why they are struggling with school, jobs and life. As a result, they often feel like failures and suffer from depression, even self-loathing. The lack of diagnosis also stands in the way of their getting treatment and therapy, which could help them maximize their potential in life.
Diagnostic Autism information is shared here, for informational purposes only. This is NOT for DIAGNOSTIC purposes. A diagnosis of Autism or ASD should ONLY be made by a qualified professional. If it is appropriate, you should seek evaluation and diagnosis by a qualified professional.
With that qualification, the following information from the Autism Society of America is provided:
Autism Society of America
"Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives
Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
• Lack of or delay in spoken language
• Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
• Little or no eye contact
• Lack of interest in peer relationships
• Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
• Persistent fixation on parts of objects"
This information is designed to help people get started in the right direction. This material is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Professional medical advice should be sought whenever appropriate.
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