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Print this Article When my kids were young, my son Justin was quite curious about the many odd mannerisms his sister with autism demonstrated. We welcomed his questions as well as those from his curious neighborhood friends who we were determined to include in our friendly and oh-so-unconventional home.
We asked a panel of providers to give us their best answers as to why our kids do what they do. Why do many kids with autism. Avoid eye contact Jim: Different reasons, I think. For active avoiders, I think there is a sensory component where it is unpleasant for them to make direct eye to eye contact.
One of the core deficits for individuals with autism is difficulty coordinating verbal and non-verbal means of communication. For example, while speaking to someone, a child may forget to make eye contact which makes it difficult to know to whom the verbalization is directed.
Many children with autism have auditory sensitivities to specific sounds, such as a fire engine, baby crying, or toilet flushing. Covering their ears is one way to lessen the auditory input. Children with autism are often hyper-sensitive to auditory stimuli.
Thus, sounds that are tolerable to us may be very loud and uncomfortable for them. Covering ears can often become a learned behavior and may be linked to anxiety as a child becomes fearful of potential unpleasant noises.
The child may have difficulty anticipating everyday events, and filtering irrelevant social and environmental stimuli. It may be sensitivity to their environments.
A sound that we could tolerate may be startling to someone who is more sensitive to auditory input than others. Repeating words, or echolalia, is a common learning style for children with autism.
Children with autism often learn language in chunks rather than creatively word by word. Echolalia may relate to the child with autism having difficulty using more complex and spontaneous language.
Echolalia can be a developmental phase and working alongside a SLP is very helpful to identify intervention strategies. As children develop more language, they may repeat phrases e. Not talk at all Jim: Talking or expressive language development requires understanding and use of symbols.
Words, after all, are simply symbols for things, actions, and concepts. Sometimes children with autism lack or have significant delays in that ability. Children with difficulty with symbolic representation often have difficulty with understanding of language and use of other communication systems e.
Sometimes, children demonstrate the ability to understand language but have difficulty putting sounds together to form words. This can be a result of a motor speech disorder such as apraxia of speech.
If possible, accessing alternative methods of communication, such as using gestures, pictures, typing, or a voice-output device is an important part of their social development. Walk on their toes Shelley: This is a good question. Toe-walking may be a learned habit many toddlers walk on their toesor may relate to motor coordination challenges, a tight Achilles tendon, or a sensory processing difference.
Toe-walking is also seen with other neurological or developmental disorders, such as cerebral palsy.
Children with autism often present with stereotyped motor movements, one of which may be walking on their tip-toes. Others hypothesize that walking on toes reduces overstimulation in the feet that can occur as a result of walking on the entire foot. Flap their hands Shelley: Children with autism tend to have repetitive motor behaviors such as waving or flapping their hands.
This arm and hand motion may be accompanied with other motor mannerisms, such as jumping or head turning. Like to spin and jump Shelley: Spinning and jumping are also examples of repetitive motor behaviors.
Yes, in other words, many children with autism seek sensory information or experiences from the environment due to feeling under-stimulated.
They may also use spinning and jumping as a way of regulating themselves i. Have difficulty sitting still Shelley:I took Tramadol for years and suffered with sleeplessness for years.
Most nights it would take between hours to get to sleep even after a strenuous day. Some nights no sleep at all. My doctor had no answers and indicated this was a part of aging, (I am 67 now). On re-reading the advice slip in. There are many different things that can affect your sleeping patterns.
It sounds as though you are not able to get adequate amounts of sleep. The group with autism took a long time — about minutes — to enter REM sleep and spent only percent of the time in that sleep stage, which experts believe is crucial for normal brain development as well as processing of fear and emotions.
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As an adult with autism, here are my answers: Why do many kids with autism Avoid eye contact-because it’s too hard to pay attention to what the person’s saying and look at them at the same time.