Can you live a normal life with Autism? Yes depending on what type you have and how severe it is. There are several different types of autism and some more severe than others. In this article from livegreaterhealth, we are going to do the best we can to go over them and to give you more insight on what those types are and what you can do to live as normal as you can.
Autism is a word that no parent wants to hear. Know body knows who is going to get autism but there are factors that we are going to take a look at. Learning all we can about this disorder is going to go a long way in having to live with it.
What is Autism?
A developmental disorder that involves problems interacting with people and communicating. Other problems are with restricted and repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. Starting early in a child’s life usually in the first two to three years of age. With normal growth, the signs start developing and then worsens.
Often called (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder where the word spectrum refers to the range of the different strength and challenges that each person with autism has.
The Five Types of Autism
- Asperger’s-a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by social impairments and nonverbal communication. Asperger’s is part of an Autism spectrum disorder(ADS). Asperger’s disorders start later in life around 5 to 10 years of age. With average language and intellectual development, their social skills are mainly affected.
- Autistic Disorder – also known as Classical Autism-neurological and development disorder they’re known by the difficulty in communication skills, social interactions, and repetitive, continuous behaviors. There are some that have a lower than average intelligence most have a high to average intelligence.
- Pervasive Development Disorder, known as PDD-NOS(not otherwise specified) – sometimes called atypical autism, PDD-NOS is one of four Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD) and one of five disorders classified as pervasive developmental disorders. This refers to delays in social and communication development. The child might not be walking, talking, or other natural ways children develop at the right pace.
- Rett’s Syndrome (primarily a common type of autism in girls) – a severe neurological disorder, rare to get but occurs more commonly in girls. How this disorder works it affects the way the brain develops. It is usually found in the first couple of years of our lives. With Rett’s degeneration of the mental and physical will occur.
- Childhood disintegrative disorder also referred to as CDD – known as Heller’s syndrome and disintegrative psychosis this condition is rare and characterized by the late onset. That means the child may go up to 18 to 24 months living normal before symptoms start to affect them. Because this is so rare little research has been done on it.
Signs and Symptoms by the Number
- limited interests
- very sensitive to certain things
- delayed movement in motor skills
- speech problems
- not very good social interactions
- obsessive over certain things
2. Autistic Disorder
- repetition of behaviors
- inability to communicate
- sensitive to certain sounds
- not recognizing their name when called
3. Pervasive Development Disorder
- delays in the development of communication skills
- delays in social development
- hard time understanding
4. Rett’s Syndrome
- a decrease in cognitive abilities
- grinding of their teeth
- slow growth
- delay in motor skills
- loss of motor skills
5. Childhood disintegrative disorder
- children by around the age of two begin losing what they have learned
- loss of bowel control
- behavior changes in attitude
- loss of social skills
There are many different things we can learn about Autism, but we almost have to have a family member or someone close to us to really understand it. All children are precious and nobody wants their child to have it, many can grow up to live a normal life with the right care and help.
If you want to know more about Autism then I encourage you to watch this video to enrich yourselves in the knowledge of Autism.
From the mouth of an Autism parent, “it is very challenging to be a parent of an Autism child”. No two Autism children are the same, it is very rare to have two Autism children to be siblings.
Reason for this Article
This article was written to help give more awareness of Autism. Bringing awareness might help get more people to have a greater understanding of this condition. Everybody working together trying to just bring an end to Autism. Putting everyone in the know about this condition will make it easier for people to cope if this happens to a family member.
livegreaterhealth has tried to give you the best information to help you understand how Autism may affect a loved one. We have talked to Autism parents to get the real experience of how Autism children react to certain life situations. This may not be typical of your Autistic child, but there is no two alike.
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Hello, thank you for this extremely valuable article. Children with ASD are so special. I was a special education assistant for seven years in Los Angeles from 1997 to 2004. It was an amazing and at times challenging learning experience. A lot has been discovered about autism since then. Apparently, you have compiled a very inspiring amount of that much needed information. I think this is the best source of information on the several levels of autism. I pray that everything goes well with you and your family.
I think that your website is beautiful! 🙂
Thank you for the comment, Linda. I see you have some experience with Autism and glad to hear from you I think this is more a brain disorder that may be changed or repaired in future research.
Fred, this is a great introductory article on Autism. It’s definitely a ‘stigma’ disorder amongst people today as I often overhead comments to people in jest about “what are you, autistic?”
For parents of children that are diagnosed with Autism, I want them to know they kids can grow up to have healthy, happy lives. A co-worker of mine holds a senior IM/IT position within government and he has Autism. Another co-worker of mine is a senior statistician and SQL programmer.
Thanks for the good post!
Thanks for the comment, Dave. I’m glad that you told me about these friends that have Autism and normal lives this is really encouraging. More people need to hear this it would give much hope. I would like use this in my article if it is alright to do. let me know.
So I thought I knew a lot of about these. Man I was pretty ignorant. Had no idea. I for sure have great compassion for people with autism and love caring for them. I’ve been able to work with a few kids and its a very humbling experience. Thanks for sharing
Thanks for the comment AJ. There is a lot to learn about Autism I don’t know if we will ever know enough. The bad thing I think is it affects children and I just don’t like it.
Hi Fred! I’m glad you explained the different types of autism and the signs to look for as well. When I was living overseas one of my friends had a son that was not developing socially the way you’d expect. As a parent I know she didn’t want to believe anything could be wrong with her first born. I pulled her to the side and told her I was concerned and perhaps she should have some testing done. Just as we suspected, the results came back….and he had autism. The military quickly transferred her and her family back to the states where a top notch autism school was located. Shortly after, she started seeing vast improvements in her babies social and learning skills.
Thank you for your attention to this misunderstood subject!
Thanks for the comment, I see it finally came through. I do like you saying that they suspected there was a problem before the examination. That way eary detection may help them live a more normal life. I think Autism is misunderstood more often than not.
This is a very valuable and deeply informative article. When you think of autism, most of us think of one disorder not knowing there are actually five different types. I only learned about Asperger’s in the last 5 years of my life. One time from a television show and the other time when I found out how a friend of one my son’s was affected by it. This is something a lot more people should be aware of and educated on especially police officers. I thank you for taking the time to write this article because you have taught me something new today.
Thanks for the comment, like I say if I can just help one person with my articles then I have accomplished my mission to inform and give them a better understanding.
Thank you for such a great, simple explanation of Autism. I have a son who has ADHD/ODD with Asperger’s traits – basically his social skills aren’t great, he has speech issues – Expressive Language Disorder and Dyslexia. He is a loving, kid, but has explosions. He can’t relate too well to others his age but gets on well with older and much younger kids. We also have friends who have kids with Autism, Aspergers, and Rhett’s Syndrome. I will point people to your post to learn more when I am asked about Autism.
Thank you for the comment. I know that you would think there is so much more to learn about Autism and there is. The parents know and you being one of them how challenging it is to raise an Autistic child. I only write these articles to help people to get a better understanding of the conditions that I am talking about. I feel if I help them one little bit then I’ve accomplished my goal.
Thank you Fred for this informative and insightful article. My cousin has an autistic child and I wasn’t sure whether this would help me understand what happens in their world. This is an eye opener for me as I know that my cousin and her family have dealt with this condition for 24 years now. We all include them with our prayers and have faith that they will be fine and they usually are. Thanks Fred.
Thanks, Xavier for the good comment. There are help and hope for all Autistic children patients and understanding has to be used. I’ll remember your cousin’s child in prayer also.
Hi Fred, very valuable article. It is sometimes difficult to understand autism. I would often think of Rainman when I first heard the word autism – someone extremely talented, but socially awkward and demanding. It is helpful to have the description of the types of autism and try to try to understand that it is a spectrum and no two people will behave exactly the same.
Thank you very much, Tara, for your comment. That show was a good example of Autism that came out several years ago. I think people have finally forgotten about that show there should be more like it to help bring back awareness.
I have heard about autism, but I did not know about the many different types of autism there are. Your post has helped me to understand the difference between these types. The more I know, the better I can understand other people around me. Sometimes we meet people who behave unusually, and it may be they suffer from some kind of autism.
Thank you, Fred, for contributing to a better understanding of health issues.
Thank you, Pernilla for the comment. I used to never think about autism until my daughter married a man that has two autism children. then I started to learn about it. There are many people that have some form of autism. There are much more to be found out about autism.