- Autistic Disorder also known as classic autism. This is what most people think of when hearing the word “autism.”
- Asperger Syndrome.
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified PDD-NOS also called as “atypical autism”.
Children with autism can behave in ways hard for parents to understand or manage.
Children and teenagers with ASD might:
- Neglect children of their age group or people around
- Behave in socially inappropriate ways, such as taking their clothes off in public
- Show aggressive behavior
- Engage in self-stimulatory behavior, such as rocking or hand-flicking
- Hurt themselves or other children such as by head-banging or biting.
- Have trouble understanding what’s happening around them such as , what other people are saying or communicating non-verbally
- Stay anxious all the time
Children with ASD often like predictable environments, and they can get very depressed if their familiar routines are broken.
Your child might not understand it’s time to move on from one activity to another.
If your child has sensory sensitivities, he might like emotions or touching particular surfaces or objects.
Like all children, your child with ASD can get frustrated if he’s expected to do something he doesn’t have the skills for, like getting dressed by himself.
Tiredness or Uncomfortable
Children with ASD can have sleep problems. If your child isn’t getting extra good-quality sleep, this can cause problem daytime behaviour.
This could include things like the feeling of clothes against skin, a prickly label, wet pants, a bump or pain. We suggest getting consultation from your doctor if you suspect there could be a medical condition causing your child’s behaviour.
Your child might have other conditions as well as ASD, like epilepsy, mood disorder or ADHD. These can all cause difficult behaviour.