Have you recently observed any anomalies in your child’s behavior compared to other kids of similar age? Or has the teacher in your child’s pre-school brought to your attention that your child is usually reclusive and doesn’t want to interact with other children or teachers in the classroom? Or maybe you family practitioner has recommended that your child be evaluated for autistic trends. In these situations, the first question on your mind would be “Does my child have Autism“!
While there is no easy answer to this question, there are a few applied behavior analysis techniques that could be applied to either strengthen or eliminate your concerns.
Does My Child Have Autism?
To start off, try to use this autism symptom checklist below at home.
While playing games is the best form cognitive behavioral therapy for autism treatment, it is also among the best ways to perform the preliminary autism diagnosis. The good news is, that this can be easily incorporated in you day to day routines while interacting with your child.
Checklist to find out - Does My Child Have Autism
Is my child Autistic? Use this checklist while
you interact :
attention totheirattention– Are they making eye contact
with you or is their attention solely focused on the toy at hand
attention to theirintention– honor their intention, play
what they want to play and see if they will allow you “IN” to play with
what your child is doing to see if they will interact with you
to “check in” with your child while you are playing. This is to see if
your child is making a connection with you
to take away the toy from your child and start playing with it instead.
Observe their behavior – are they, even momentarily, interested to see
what you are doing or do they throw tantrums immediately once the toy is
if you can engage your child in an activity that furthers what they are
playing with. For example, your little one is playing with a fire engine
rolling it back and forth, back and forth. Try to engage your child in a
further thought about the fire engine. Example- Scot, there is a fire, can
your fire truck put it out? If you child continues to roll the truck back
and forth and does not want to let your idea become part of his play
further assessment is necessary
your child aggressive or has behavioral issues? Observe patterns in
aggression – see if you can label their feelings to deter their
actions. For example, if your child hits a sibling simply say “Are you
angry with Suzy” see if your child understands the concept and emotion and
will use words instead of behavior in the future. A child, who persists in
aggressive behavior without beginning to understand, needs further
a colorful animation movie with your child, typically movies likeFrozen,ShrekorHow to Tame Your Dragonare good starters. Does your
child react negatively to the brightness, color or sound? If so, adjust
your monitor and sound settings to autism friendly mode (refer to the
article onWhat is
AutismFriendly Screening) and observe if they react better.
of the previous videos of your child’s first or second birthday party
or Christmas. Try to look for some of the trends mentioned above. Does it
ring a bell? Also, try to match them against the key signs of autism
a normal conversational tone and see if your child responds, a lack of eye
contact or response indicates further assessment is necessary
of Autism in Children
some of the common characteristics of Autism. However, please note that they
may vary from one child to another. Also, Autism in Boys may differ
significantly from autism in girls.
How To Know If My Child Have Autism - Simple Test 4.55Josh Murdoch Have you recently observed any anomalies in your child’s behavior compared to other kids of similar age? Or has the teacher in your child’...