Developing Financial Skills in Kids With Autism
Improving financial literacy is essential for many children and young adults with autism in gaining independence and preparin...Read more
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects children as they develop. People with autism have differences in the brain relating to behavior, communication, and learning, as well as how they interact with others.
ASD is marked by difficulty with social situations. Yet, autism exists on a spectrum and affects individuals in varying ways. While some with ASD are nonverbal, others have advanced conversation skills. Some on the spectrum need more extensive daily help and support than others.
New developments in technology could help diagnose children earlier and provide additional support.
Many lives are touched by autism. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 36 children has ASD.
While autism is 3.8 times more prevalent in boys than girls, it affects all children. Girls typically engage in more masking behaviors than boys, making ASD more challenging to identify.
Children with autism show differences in how they learn and interact with others. Some early indications can include the following:
According to the CDC, parents can receive a reliable diagnosis that their child has autism by age 2. However, many do not get a diagnosis until much later. Early diagnoses can help children with autism. With more information, families can begin providing support, such as therapies.
Several technological advancements are showing potential in earlier autism diagnoses:
Additional advancements are providing promising educational support for children with ASD.
Socially interactive robots: Specially designed robots can help kids on the spectrum develop communication and social skills. When interacting with robots, they practice having conversations, which may reduce anxiety about socializing with others.
For instance, Orbit, one such robot, teaches children with autism about emotions and social conventions through stories, physical interaction, and visual instruction. The robot reacts to how the user treats it, becoming happy or sad, illustrating the social consequences of actions.
Together, such advancements in autism diagnosis and education could provide improved levels of support to those with autism.
If your child has been diagnosed with autism, contact a special needs planner. Professionals specializing in this area can help you in planning for your child’s future. Find a qualified special needs planning attorney in your area.
Learn more about other resources that may be available to you by consulting each of the following articles and organization websites: