Symptoms of mild autism are much less severe than symptoms found in children with Pervasive Development Disorder or Autism. Children with mild Autism often have an average IQ and are able to attend and even graduate from school.
Mild Autism symptoms are not that different from those of Autism. In some cases, it is just a matter of the severity of the symptoms that differentiates between a diagnosis of mildly autistic and autistic. The causes of Autism remain unknown, but the condition manifests itself primarily as a difficulty in communicating with others.
Social Skills & Interaction
Before other symptoms are detected, children with mild Autism are often thought of as shy. Like shy children, they have a hard time starting a conversation. If they are able to start a conversation, they have trouble sustaining it.
They also have trouble forming and maintaining friendships. They maybe able to play and interact with others, but they cannot form a deep bond with friends.
Unlike a child who is simply shy, an individual with mild Autism will have additional symptoms that point to developmental challenges. These children may fail to notice external stimulation. They will not respond to others who enter a room or acknowledge their presence.
Individuals with mild autism are better at communicating than those with more severe Autism Spectrum disorders. Still, effective communication is difficult for someone with mild Autism. It is not unusual to engage in a conversation with someone with mild Autism and have the person begin repeating a key word or phrase.
A conversation with someone with mild Autism may revolve around a personal obsession, such as trains or fishing. A mildly autistic child will ignore attempts to change the topic.
A person with mild autism will have trouble making eye contact and reading body-language cues.
While people with mild Autism are often able to learn and even graduate from college, they are prone to other problems, such as poor motor skills, sensory-processing issues, severe anxiety and social phobias. The good news is that people with mild Autism often respond favorably to behavioral therapy. By working with an experienced therapist, these children can learn to recognize the reactions of others and find ways to communicate and form friendships.
In the early history of autism, the condition was believed to be a type of schizophrenia, because of abnormal seratonin levels in patients.
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