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Understanding autism in children

Many Michigan families who have children with autism may qualify for Social Security Disability. It is important to understand how autism is commonly displayed in children so that parents can ensure their children get any help that is needed.

Children who have autism often behave differently than children who do not have the disorder. The Child Development Institute says that autistic children usually do not explore their environment or seek diverse activities. Instead, they tend to be occupied with one activity for a long time. This behavioral difference may start in infancy, with babies failing to react to stimuli around them. These signs tend to be more pronounced in girls, although boys are more likely to have the disorder. Ethnicity is generally not a factor, as children of all backgrounds may be diagnosed with autism.

This disorder can keep children from interpreting body language and other people’s emotions. Children with autism also sometimes experience delayed language skills, and may mix up pronouns or repeat phrases. Others may not speak for several years, or may communicate only through sign language.

Autism is typically not experienced the same way by every child. According to AutismSpeaks.org, some people may have greater intelligence than their peers, and in some circumstances gain notable abilities, although others may suffer mental and emotional problems. This may result in the need for assistance even as children become adults. Living by themselves may not be an option for some people. A child’s placement on the autism spectrum might determine how independent that child can be later on in life.

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