Why Does My Child Have Unusual Behavior? [Pediatric Therapy, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Peditric Speech Therapy, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Gym]
You might notice also that despite calling your child’s name repeatedly, that the child doesn't not respond. This sign tends to be noticed first among parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder. It is important to remember that autism presents very differently for each child, as every child with autism is a unique person.
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Have you noticed your child staring at spinning objects, repeatedly pushing something, crashing into things etc.?
Parents may then worry that their children might have a persistent ear infection, especially if their children tend to repeatedly covering their ears. After repeated visits to the doctor reveals that no ear infections are present.
Parents may also observe that their children do not play with toys appropriately (instead of rolling a toy truck on the ground, the child just sits and repeatedly spins the truck’s wheels; instead of kissing the baby doll, the child bangs the doll over and over again). Alternatively, a child might just fixate or stare at a “toy” that is a cup, plastic hanger, or a simple button on a shirt. Even when parents try to redirect their children to engage in another activity, inevitably, these children seem to turn their attention to the “non-toy.”
Another concern for parents is a sudden loss of interest foods that their children once loved to eat. These children were good eaters but have unexpectedly have opted to eat, for instance, only dry foods like chicken nuggets or saltine crackers. Another example is that these children now prefer to eat only one food period. Parental attempts to encourage their children to eat more of a variety of foods won’t work, as the children will cry and stay hungry until they have access to only the foods they will eat.
Displays of affection are also different from that of other children. While many children enjoy being cuddled, parents of children with autism tend to resist such affection and often squirm away. In contrast, the opposite might happen, where parents observe their children showing affection in very odd ways (rubbing their arms and legs all over their parents or wanting to run their mouths over their parents’ arms). This characteristic could carry over into having odd ways of handling touch, which would include an aversion to certain sensations (items that are wet, dry, rough, textured, etc.).
Another concern that parents may have could revolve around their children’s inability to effectively express their wants and needs. For example, they do not point to what they want. In fact, they may not ever bring anything (a toy) to your attention.
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