You might notice some unusual color coordination on April 2
nd. Specifically, you may see much more people wearing blue than you might
expect and if you’re in the vicinity of various national landmarks
or monuments around Las Vegas, you might notice that they have an unusual
blue hue. In fact, the entire month of April is National Autism Awareness
Month. This designation encourages families to become better informed
about the challenges associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)
and how parents might identify possible
signs of autism in their children. Every child develops differently; a doctor at a community
hospital such as Southern Hills Hospital will be happy to discuss any
concerns you may have.
How does your child communicate?
Autism affects a child’s development, which may include his or her ability to communicate nonverbally and verbally.
Some signs of autism can include the impairment of:
- Understanding body language
- Understanding tone of voice
- Understanding nonliteral language (i.e. sarcasm)
- Understanding facial expressions
Similarly, children with autism may have trouble using those methods of
communication. Young children may have delays in babbling and speaking.
Older children may acquire impressive vocabularies, but express themselves
in an atypical tone of voice or have trouble with the “give and
take” of conversations.
How does your child play?
Parents of children with autism often notice that their youngsters interact
differently with others. Young children may refuse to make eye contact,
prefer to play alone instead of in groups, and drift toward specific types
of play. For instance, kids with autism may be more likely to prefer activities
that involve movement—either watching it or participating in it.
They often avoid pretending play activities.
Does your child have behavioral issues?
Most kids enjoy routines, but children with autism are often known for
having significant difficulties with deviations from routines. These deviations
may result in meltdowns. Children may also display repetitive motor characteristics
like arm flapping and distractions with specific interests like trains
or vacuum cleaners.
Southern Hills Hospital is a full-service medical center in Las Vegas that provides family-centered
primary care and specialty medical services. Here, you’ll find healthcare
for every stage of life—from our maternity healthcare and our orthopedic
care to our geriatric psychology services and much more. Families throughout
the greater Las Vegas area can reach our community hospital at (702) 880-2700.