Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial - Kennedy Krieger Institute

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Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial - Kennedy Krieger Institute

Want to be part of something big? Kennedy Krieger invites you to join SPARKforAutism, the US’ largest autism research study. Learn more by clicking here Tutorial On Early Signs of ASD: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, autism advocacy groups and researchers have all drawn attention to the importance of the early detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to make access to early intervention possible. The scientific literature indicates that the average age of ASD diagnosis is 4 years, despite the fact that about half of children with this neurodevelopmental disorder may be detected by age 14 months. The AAP recommends that ASD-specific screeners be administered within pediatric practices beginning at age 18 months. However, these screeners are imperfect and often require parents to provide 'yes' or 'no' answers to questions about the presence of certain behaviors. Yet ASD-related behaviors often present inconsistently, and are intermixed with behaviors seen in typically-developing children. In addition, ASD-related behaviors often differ from typical development in quality, not just in quantity. To improve recognition of the early signs of ASD among pediatricians, parents, and early intervention providers, autism researcher Dr. Rebecca Landa () of Kennedy Krieger Institute (() has developed a free 9-minute video tutorial on ASD behavioral signs in one-year-olds. The tutorial consists of six video clips comparing toddlers who show no signs of ASD to toddlers who show early signs of ASD. Each video is presented with voice-over explaining how the specific behaviors exhibited by the child, as they occur on screen, are either indicative of ASD or typical child development. Dr. Rebecca Landa is the director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders. The videos and information presented within this tutorial were obtained through her research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, focused on early markers of autism spectrum disorders and early developmental characteristics of children with and without ASD. For more information, please visit .

Comments to the video: Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial - Kennedy Krieger Institute

Raul Rodriguez 2 years ago
they. just told me today my grandson might have autism it made me feel sad I saw a lot of videos of little kids with it and them learning to read and skills it made me feel good inside that there is hope I thank you all for sharing videos together we can fight this for all. thanks
Ashley Brown 2 years ago
aweee my youngest child is exactly like Elliot! wake up Ashley. is this genetic? I think my other two may be on the spectrum. just a little different from Elliot! I was diagnosed with Asperges years ago.
Cynthia Diaz 2 years ago
I really want to learn autism I want too be a kindergarten teacher helping little kids that got autism.
Our LANDing Crew 2 years ago
This is so great! Thank you so much for sharing. I have a 9 year old son with autism and I love sharing the signs and other informative videos on my channels to help other parents so thank you so much for bringing autism awareness and acceptance!
Mimi LaPrincesa 2 years ago
I have a 22 month old child I think she may be Autistic, It so hard for her understand simple instruction she don't communicate her needs to me instead she wines. She knows a lot of words though. She yells like someone is killing her when she is told no or has to go night night she throws tantrums so bad I am afraid that one day she may bust her head open!! I cannot take her in public without her screaming or whining and she will walk up to any child and try to hug and kiss them then get mad and upset when told no and I have to end up dragging her kicking and screaming. she had a thing where she will take her poop and eat it or smear it everywhere this happens at least once or twice a day or every other day, it make raising her so stressful I feel I am going to lose!! It I cannot get her to eat anything she is so picky. She destroys her toys and eats her books and will lick and put all sorts of things in her mouth. she will run about as if she doesn't hear a thing I say, I thought it was a regular toddler just acting out but I feel as if this is more she has already been in therapy for showing a 20% delay in both social and physical development but due to finical reasoning sessions had to be stopped Also as a baby she didn't babble or coo much and barley smiled.
Manpreet KS 2 years ago
Some kids are just stubborn, mine responds to name only when he wants to and he will share if he wants to. It's weird that sometimes he is in great mood and will do whatever asked and share and communicate. Other times. He doesn't want to share or talk.
Fidel 2 years ago
Video shows various situations of ASD. Clear description(s) of situations with ASD. :)
XX_PILLCOSBYLOVER_XX 2 years ago
literally me
DragonsREpic 2 years ago
This hits close to home im actually crying
Roger Dennerley 2 years ago
This video was very informative. My son is ASD. He is 11 yo. When he was 18 months to 2 yo he was very similar to some in the video. It became completely obvious at 3 and was diagnosed by 3 seperate medical specialists. Some critisize the video, but I feel it is accurate.
juan salas 2 years ago
As a mother of a autistic kid the comments here are disturbing. Are ASD kids suppose to Not look normal its like a person saying someone can't have a terminal illness because they Look normal .Ugh I'm saddened that my baby will be judged by the likes of ppl like the ones who commented here smh please educate yourselves on Autism before making statements like these
autumn111155551 2 years ago
Couldn't some of these kids just be introverted?
Ellie Reveron 2 years ago
what is autism before did not understand now I know understand what it is what is autism
Kitti Vielbaum 2 years ago
Thank you for providing this video.
bunnysmith 2 years ago
thank you for this video, it has been very helpful. could you do a video about ASD in 5-6 year olds, normal vs ASD?
Ulani Charles 2 years ago
I think these children were too young to diagnose yet.
Telord mfinda 2 years ago
+Ulani Charles think the same!
I Versacington 2 years ago
meme.
zach Lachapelle 3 years ago
i did have severe Autsm until i was 5 but now im on spectrum Autsm I'm completely normal
Michaela Wik 3 years ago
I'm not a professional, but I am pretty positive one CANNOT diagnose autism at 14 months. That is just ridiculous. From what I've read, seen and experienced over the years of being a mom and meeting lots and lots of various kids, it isn't until at least 2 years of age when one can start wondering if 'something' really might be going on. Children do very often develop very differently - definitely past the first year of life. Even during the first year of life there are absolutely normal differences (some crawl at 5 months, other at 10 and it's all perfectly fine, for example).
Savina Batres 3 years ago
I help kid with autism and also have autism
MadFood Media 3 years ago
i make plenty of friends always interactive
Marco Cipollini 2 years ago
Same
Savannah Pierce 3 years ago
I think my 3 year old cousin might be autistic. I say his name and he doesn't do anything, he is always focused on what he is doing and not paying attention to anyone else, can't talk very well (he can only say very few words), etc.
John Nguyen 3 years ago
These kids seem normal to me
zoheb ahmed 2 years ago
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Amie Kelly 3 years ago
when do these symptoms show up? I have a three month old who rarely smiles and never looks me in the eyes. she doesn't respond to me trying to get her attention. is this normal or could it be an early sign of autism?
RyNeMo 3 years ago
What if theyre just shy
Jasmine Chen 3 years ago
+Ryan Trollin No, it's just different. It's kind of hard to describe, but I guess if you interact with these kids, or teenagers, you'll spot the difference. A person who is simply shy is just perhaps afraid to speak out for whatever reasons.
The Logical Mummy 3 years ago
THis is NOT a holistic way to look for autism in children. All of them seem normal to me. And I hate how they portrayed ASD in boys only. What about girls?
Mr Pigeon 2 years ago
I know ASD is different for a lot of people
Jj lim 3 years ago
i have Autism Spectrum disorder (no joke i actually got diagnosed as a baby by my doctor) it is not fun at all i have close to no friends and those few friends easily leave me due to me being too self-centered or they say i ignore them too much. people gossip about me loudly and make fun of me. i wish i could just tell them i have this disorder but i can't get myself to do so 😢
purple rain 2 years ago
You will be ok!! :-)
fcucking 2 years ago
Yeah Dude I Totally Feel What You're Through. I Am Diagnosed With The Exact Same Thing And My Mum Says That I See Things Differently To Other People. Like My Emotions, Apparently Being Annoying, Doing Weird Uniqe Actions And Thinking Different. To Me It's One Of Those Disabilities Where You Know That U Are Disabled But You Feel Normal.
Chuks 2 Juiced Azu 2 years ago
+Jj lim I feel you
Jj lim 3 years ago
the* me*
Jj lim 3 years ago
+Nyangurlcraft EPIC Thank you :) But as i said i just cannot get myself to say i have Autism Spectrum Disorder to people as one of he symptoms is also to care about what others think of you and i am already different and even if i could get myself to tell them they will probably not believe mr :(
Ashley Kinnear 3 years ago
u know what ,u should look i to getting a service autistic dog for ur child and u wll see the changes of behavior and stuff good luck
17thString 3 years ago
Wait till your child is about 3 to get testing done. These doctors wanna throw labels around way too early. They said my son had it. He's 6 now and does not have it. He is actually advanced for his age. Kids r kids. Like I said. Wait.
Shalea Shaw 3 years ago
My mom told me I always played alone and did not interact normally with others and I often had meltdowns when engaging in group play which made them call my mother on her job. My doctor suspected I had ASD due to my lack of understanding how to play socially. I think many kids who show these behaviors are not autistic but rather have their own way of communicating and their own ideas of fun.
demskies 3 years ago
I'm autistic
Przemyslaw Michalski 3 years ago
Well, looking at this video, no wonder Institutions such as AAP have hands full of work. Honestly? Taking into consideration that every kid is different and develop in its own pace, I would be just simply cautious to put this video online. Someone mentioned it is better to start treatment even if it is not necessary rather than doing nothing. I disagree and say this is necessary to start the treatment when treatment is necessary. In order to know that this is necessary you need to find someone who will put proper diagnosis - and this is the biggest issue. Sometimes it is also good to have faith in your own child .
Ben Walker 2 years ago
Perhaps this video is intended to be a guide for parents who are thinking of seeking specialist advice. From what I have read, early treatment yields greater returns.
Mercedes Mariscal 3 years ago
Just let him be a baby jeeez.he has only been around for 14months.pretty good 😊 I would love ❤ my baby all the same.
Amy E 3 years ago
what if the parents are constantly on their phones and not paying any attention to him? he's just acting like everyone else.
sylviaoleksy 3 years ago
They just mimic parents - so maybe their parents should be tested! Isn't this like 95% of adults today?
Ashia Boo 3 years ago
this is so sad i think my son has autism im very upset =(
Rebecca Martin 3 years ago
I don't like this one bit. Those children are not autistic they may just have different personalities. Yes, they may benefit from therapy to help them socialize better. Really though? The child is not looking at his mother when getting tickled. Tickling is a reflex, and it kind of leaves a person out of control. I don't think a kid will just stare at someone who is tickling. When I was a kid I would squirm and try to get away from the tickler. Then there is the test with the bubbles. The boy is not looking at the person blowing bubbles. Ok yeah maybe that's because he rather look at the bubbles float that is way more interesting than some guy blowing bubbles. A kid focused on a phone who cares kids are obsessed with that stuff, and he doesn't want to be bothered. I really hope this is not used for diagnosing children because I can see a lot of over diagnoses happening with this criteria. Why diagnose a child that young anyways. I'll stop there I'm done.
Arielle Hatch 3 years ago
These typical asd markers arent intended to diagnose by themselves- an asd diagnosis requires a far more intensive battery of testing! These markers and indeed the entire video are only meant to serve as a screening tool, and educational frontline for a vastly deep and complex disorder. Clearly, as you have just demonstrated, the need for education is great and continues.
Savina Batres 3 years ago
I have autism
targetech 3 years ago
Isn't Bill Gates autistic? Guess it aint so bad.
RyNeMo 3 years ago
He went to harvard
Aly Homewood 3 years ago
+Jacqueline Sanabria Autism presents differently in everyone. Besides, Autistic people being ok is not conditional on whether or not some famous person is as well.
Jackie S 3 years ago
+targetech no, he obviously isn't. Just watch him being interviewed. For some reason people like to say he is though.
Patricia Poudrier 3 years ago
Very helpful information, thank you! I have a grandson who is developing slowly, but the doctor is reluctant to do much. He is taking the wait and see approach, which is highly frustrating! After seeing this, I have a better idea of what to look for and what may be going on. I think a second opinion would be in order. Again, thank you!
Patricia Poudrier 3 years ago
+Jennifer Herzog I agree with you. You get 15 minutes if you're lucky at the doctor's office to tell them as much as you can. Most of the time they aren't listening to anything you're saying. I find that certain doctors will ask you the same question 4 times because they never listened to the answer.
Jennifer Herzog 3 years ago
I don't know about every state/area, But in many states they won't even try to diagnose any asd until a certain age. They won't officially diagnose until age 7 in Oklahoma. I think that's good and bad. It's good bc no child needs an incorrect label , but bad bc it can mean early intervention does not happen. I wondered, and still do, if my nephew has some disorder. He's socially awkward, and at 4 has stated to really be affected by it. But him being an only child within his immediate family and the only little child in our extended family, a certain amt of not playing well with others is to be expected. (He's also never been in daycare or school yet). When he IS around other kids, he gets along with some and not others. He has always clicked with older children and had difficulties with kids his age or younger. Might all be completely normal and a result of his environment. But he hyper focused on certain toys, is loud himself but covers his ears or gets upset at other loud noises (some, not all), and has from the age of 2 cried and had a meltdown at every birthday party when Happy Birthday is sung by everyone in the room. It's so hard to tell. And so hard to communicate EVERY SINGLE THING to a doctor. Especially when they quit listening halfway thru a convo.
Rickie B 3 years ago
I bet none of my parents or grandparents who had 10-15 children even cared to remember all their names let alone diagnose their social behaviors. And everyone turned out just fine. Are these advances in technology really making us superior or making us extremely cautious to thinking of anything other than perfect ( which is someone else idea). Things do not always turn out as you expect them but you needn't classify them if they don't follow protocol. Patience and love can FIX quite a few things. You are building robots this way and not humans. Reminds me of the movie 'Demolition Man' by Silvester Stallone. What I think is, if a kid has compassion to do whatever he likes to do, he has a potential to do greater things. Nothing else matters.
jayne wisner 3 years ago
+Rickie B There was a lot less substance abuse in mothers years ago. I believe most of this we are seeing today is FAS or FASD which is brain damage caused by pregnant women drinking. I have never seen so many abusers of this.
Janeil Foster 3 years ago
great and helpful video
Lubie Spyder 3 years ago
sorry but that last boy does not have autism he cant be more than a year old thats just how babies do things when they are that age and see something new they all get overly focused and tense up and grunt for a second at the frustration trying to figgure out how an object works
lordunicorn blue 3 years ago
iam autistic but just a mild autism
Ben Walker 2 years ago
My dad is the same. He has become a very shrewd judge of character as, over the years, he has studied human behaviour intensely in order to understand cause and effect of emotions he cant naturally interpret.
DarkShark147 3 years ago
its also called high functioning autism two of my friends have it
Gwendolyn Turner 3 years ago
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Aunty Googol 3 years ago
Do they take into account siblings and parenting skills of parents? Half of this might be caused by not wanting help, not wanting to share, worrying that the stuff will be taken away, or people misunderstand you so why bother etc.
shinzantetsu 3 years ago
What if the child is just really introverted? Pisses me off that everyone has to be this social butterfly to come across as normal.
Dokurochan85 3 years ago
+shinzantetsu early signs are just symptoms. You really can't be sure very early on. They don't suggest a child has autism, just that they are more likely to and you should keep an eye out for it.
Zadie Flux 3 years ago
+shinzantetsu Exacly im not social i was like this as a child but now im normal
shinzantetsu 3 years ago
+MustafaPresents im 31 and just found out like 2 years ago i have aspie traits,also my executive function has a deficit.Dont know how i fell through the cracks.I had no intervention.
MustafaPresents 3 years ago
+shinzantetsu The point I feel is this: ASD is not just another label for shyness/introversion. The point of diagnosing children having ASD traits is to secure early intervention---we're not talking about medication but hands-on teaching of both parent and child to communicate more effectively. If it turns out that the child does not have an ASD then this intervention has no ill effects; but if the child in fact has a form of autism, early intervention can dramatically improve everyone's lives. The alternative is to do nothing and hope things improve, which can a does happen. However, if you are like me and your 22-month-old hasn't uttered one recognizable word and shows other ASD traits, then seeking professional help is the responsible and reasonable thing to do.
Lesly Kirkland 3 years ago
Children are easier to diagnose because they all develop in certain ways. But there are few ways to develop meaning if your child isn't on the right track there may be something wrong
MrGarrett1911 3 years ago
These are legit points for children with ASD although every child is different and children with ASD can have different traits in relation to behavioural activity
Maria Greenwood 3 years ago
This should be on AIR for a TV series that tells parents how to spot autism.
Blobby Blob 3 years ago
Not sure about these experts  maybe these kids prefer their own company - there are adults like that, maybe they are just going to be more independent.
Eveleena 3 years ago
Even though my son already has been diagnosed and is improving on eye contact n talking through achievements program. I can see if  I had known about all the early signs id know much earlier to take him to Kki n get diagnosis. This is a great video. When it comes to ASD Kki is truly the best. Iv waited a year to get in on the program. he is 4 now.and after only 3 months my son went from non verbal to actually saying things to me and sharing and hugging. and this is just the beginning. thank you Kennedy Krieger inst.
Rose Marz 3 years ago
+ewelina lisiewska could you please message me. I'd like to talk to you more about this. My daughter is also 4 and she was just diagnosed yesterday. I've been a mess and crying, getting angry etc. I knew something was up bc there is very minimal eye contact with my daughter. i'll talk to you more in my messages. thanks :)
ghostSalamander 3 years ago
Some boys develop slower then others boys sometimes develop slower the girls
Lisa braxton 3 years ago
People. don't follow this. it isnt completely true and I HAVE autistic relatives. Your child frowning a lot doesn't make him autistic. Ridiculous.
Homo Sapiens Logicus 3 years ago
+Veena C Dead wrong! These are general traits of autistics, which present in every child ever born! Spending an afternoon, two afternoons, or a month of afternoons with an infant, WILL NOT present an assured case of autism - ever! Why?!?! Because all toddlers display these 'symptoms' and most will grow out of them in time. So the OP is correct. this video is *completely* untrue!
J R 3 years ago
my mom is autistic its not because we have autistic relatives that it makes us doctors
Veena C 3 years ago
these are just general traits that people need to look out for , don't be ridiculous. Autism is a spectrum. Someone diagnosed with autism may have all, some or just one of these traits. please don't tell people not to believe this because this video is very informative for parents to watch out for early signs.
Rajamohan Govindarajan 3 years ago
The videos are useful for parents and people involved in rehab with autism children and therapists especially psychotherapists to identify.early and to suggest intervention. The videos are very lucid. Prof G Rajamohan PhD Professor of Psychology Chennai TN
Arielle Hatch 3 years ago
Agreed!
Joan Tanino 3 years ago
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce 3 years ago
What  happens   to  them    when  their   Adults  ? ? ?
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce 3 years ago
I  do  have Autism  called  Aspergers  Syndrome.  I  wasn't  diagnosed  until  as  an  Adult.  So ,I  suffered  with   all  of  those  several  wasted  years.  I  struggled  unsuccessfully   from  Elementary  through  High School.  I  was  also  socially  awkward  , reclusive  and  extremely  fearful going  to  School.  I  only  have    Grade  9  education.   I've   been out  of  school  for  thirty years  ,   still  living at  home with  my  parents.   I  work  for   FEDEX   as  a  part  time  Driver  and  still  single.   Not compared  to  my  other  co - Drivers.   Who  are   married  with  Families.  Two  of   my  co -  Drivers   whose  wives are  both  School Teachers.   Both  of  them  who   I'm  reluctant  to  talk  to.   I'm  confused ,  anxious  and  frustrated.  Having an Anxiety  going out  with   my  Parents       I  don't  even  know  which  group  to  who  and  where  I  belong  to.    Didn't   even  know  from the  past  that  this  is  going  to  be  my  Fate.    This  is  how  Asperger's   sufferers  live  with    their   lives.     Amen !
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce 3 years ago
Normal  lives   with  difficulties  looking  for   career  opportunities.  Probably  still  living  at  home  with  their  parents  and  don't  have enough  a  whole  lot  of  things  going  on with  their lives.  
Rajiv Ranjan Sinha 3 years ago
Tosh 3 years ago
:-((((
Autisme, Pour les parents pour leurs enfants 3 years ago
I am psychiatrist and teacher in university of autism for psychologist. I share your video. It is very pedagogic. But I discover this yeat that some of my students don't understand completely the video because it is in english. I decide to explain it in french. I hope you allowed me. I send it in youtube for my students and other psychologist or psychiatrists students :)
Autistic Gal is really autistic 3 years ago
Make a video on the early signs of depression in teens.
Medcare Pediatric Group 3 years ago
Some people here may not agree with the obvious signs of autism and delay in motor skills. If you suspect that your child may have autism, it is best to have him/her diagnosed.
hiredn4wired 3 years ago
5:40 was filmed on 4/20 blaze it
ced2k caritas 3 years ago
C'est de la grosse connerie. C'est tellement biaisé. La seule chose que ça teste c'est l'apprentissage social c'est-à-dire la soumission au contrôle des autres, leurs codes et leurs attentes comme si bébé était né avec tout naturellement.
xmoroseguyx 3 years ago
Unless the child does not talk,        You cannot tell if they are autistic until at least eight years old,          Don`t think so ?          Check the video suggestions down the side,         Can you spot autism  ?     If you have to ask ?     Then you already know the answer,             Subtle  ( Babbling mothers nonsense )  signs of autism 0 - 7 years      Er ?   That`s a long time !       In other words,      You cannot tell from those early years,         The fact you are fanatically analyzing a child's behavioral development in this way suggests you should not have had children,       What chance have they got !         All children will develop at different rates,        So you will just have to see in time
xmoroseguyx 3 years ago
+Veena C Er ?  board certified behavior analyst ?     special needs specialist ?    To me and most people that means near nothing towards a medical ASC assessment because what you are not is part of a Clinical Psychologists Autism and ADHD team,    That is where my comment is from and who it`s aimed at,      Unqualified people labeling children,   As Pink Floyd said  Leave those kids alone     Autism is a life long disorder right ?     You have no cure and your  early Intervention   Gives you a very wide scope,        Give the child a chance to see how far they can go before you interfere
Veena C 3 years ago
Wow. As a board certified behavior analyst myself and a special needs specialist, I must say that you are completely wrong. If you are not aware or don't have *legitimate* sources to justify your statement, then PLEASE do not provide misinformation. please research early Intervention and the usefulness of early diagnosis to increase neurological development to the typical level. There are genersl milestones that children should reach at a certain age.
Mamunur Rashid 3 years ago
+xmoroseguyx good points.
Nurliyana Amirah 3 years ago
This video is very nice. i got a lot information through this video. Can I make this video as reference material for me? :)
Yque5000 3 years ago
This makes me sad.
Zygmunt Nowak 3 years ago
Why?
Erppa112 3 years ago
Vitun autistit
RomanticStyle98 3 years ago
I know a woman whos son is autistic hes 25 like me. He always smiled and played around as a kid didnt talk til he was 5. Autism is not the same in each person. I was like that didnt smile much didnt interact with my mom much. Didnt talk til 4 say small words thats all. Every kid is affected differently.
readyrazziable 4 years ago
Its ironical that those who are born the way the rest of the world grows up into are labellel Autistic.
GhostBlade 4 years ago
Only in America do they do this to a child. 
Jamie Jarrin 3 years ago
I know what you mean. They put the fear of learning disabilities in you from the moment you conceive. No longer can you go blissfully pregnant for 40 weeks. They test, test some more, test again while you're pregnant all for it to come up most of the time inconclusive. They sent me to a high risk obgyn, the one doc from UPenn said my baby has a slightly enlarged kidney (potentially serious), then my next visit the other doc in the group basically said his partner misspoke and it seems fine. Now I have a 17 month old who is extremely independent, feeds himself, loves music, laughs, smiles, has favorite shows, loves being around other little kids but because he hardly ever answers to his name and doesn't point I've been making my self literally sick with anxiety because those are big red flags for autism. I hate it, I can't even enjoy looking at my sweet boy because I'm so focused on these 2 things. So yea, I completely get your comment Ghost.
avaorchid 3 years ago
+GhostBlade It is important to work with children early on while the brain is still developing when there is a suspicion of asd or any developmental disorder otherwise you miss the crucial brain development stages of infancy and toddlers. They do this to help the child to live a fuller and more complete life rather than lock the child away in an institution like many countries do with their developmentally different children. America is hardly the only place that does this. It is important for the well being of the child. Countries who do not do these exercises are the problematic ones as they just ignore the child and consign them to a dismal life, usually in group home or locked in a room or barn somewhere. I get what you are saying but sometimes it is better to be able to provide care early instead of try and hide from the truth. It would be upsetting news but we shouldn't mollycoddle people at the expense of a childs life.
Daniel 3 years ago
Ah. Thanks
GhostBlade 3 years ago
+Arthur Manson They're already diagnosing children and treating them like some kind of oddity when they are still a child. They've already labeled and branded them just because they are not behaving exactly like they think they should. Everyone is different and just because a child isn't doing or acting exactly how and what they perceive normal to be, they start labeling them as autistic. Stop trying to label and brand the child and just love it and stop trying to diagnose it.  
Daniel 3 years ago
What do you mean, exactly?
digitalsong 4 years ago
@Derek cronin You just gave the definition of autism. different. By who exactly?? The rest of the world. They dont act normal by engaging in normal social behaviors this is what earns them the title of Autism
Derek Cronin 4 years ago
This video does show some of the early signs of ASD, but it could do so in a way that is not so horribly patronising to autistic people. For example, it talks about autistic kids not engaging in meaningful and purposeful play. Meaningful and purposeful to who exactly? The play autistic children engage in is meaningful to them. Just because you don't understand its relevance doesn't mean it's not a valid form of play. Similarly, assuming that an autistic child does not make a social connection with their mother because they don't use eye contact is very potentially false. Furthermore, focusing on social and communications skills as the primary deficit in autistic people is to possibly overplay this aspect while ignoring many of the other issues they may have, such as sensory processing problems, which may in fact underlie some of their communication issues. Communication is a two way street, and this video assumes it's the children are failing to communicate. Sometimes, it's the adults who are failing to listen. Autistic people may need help fitting in to this neuroptypical world, but using the language of deficit , assuming their behaviour has a lack of purpose or meaning, and dwelling on a perceived failure of communication (rather than, say our failure to understand them), only serves to continue the myth of autistic as less than. Autistic people deserve our respect, not pity. With the right help, especially early in life, many autistic people make contributions to society neurotypicals wouldn't even dream of. We need them, so please don't patronise them. They deserve better than this video.
Mamunur Rashid 3 years ago
+Derek Cronin ,Very good points.
Chin-Yuan Kuo 3 years ago
+Drogon Anyone may have autistic trait.
Gible 4 years ago
I agree with this comment, I am autistic and I remember playing with my nintendo consoles, playstation one and my plush toys by myself I was just very happy and content with it and it was meaningful to ME. Different is NOT a bad thing, but this video unfortunately seems to show otherwise or at least heavily imply it.
Wolf 4 years ago
Mostly boys have it rarely girls
Deborah Bennett 4 years ago
+Marieomaire : regarding pretend play -- early pretending lets us know that the child is beginning to develop symbolic thinking, where one thing can stand for another.  When they (for example) push a block around and make car noises, the image of a car is in the child's mind even though they are seeing and handling a block.  Language is also symbolic.  Words are symbols that stand for concepts in the child's mind or memory.  Early pretend play and early meaningful language emerge at the same time, because they are both contingent on the development of symbolic thinking.  If a child is late to develop pretend play, it may mean that they lack a solid basis in symbolic thinking upon which to build language skills. That helps us understand why a child is not picking up language, and design treatment to meet the child where he is rather than frustrate him with demands for speech which he cannot yet do.
Laura Faith 4 years ago
 have a few questions for anyone that wants to answer. My therapist (which I first must say, it literally the best therapist in the whole entire world. No other professional has come anywhere close to unraveling the complicated, challenging, unknown mess that is me) the other day she threw out the idea that I could have had (maybe still do) some sort of autism spectrum. That is the first time I have heard anything like that in my entire life. Never have I even considered that I could possibly have some form of autism. I have been reading about it and researching it as she suggested. To be honest, most of the stuff doesn't really ring too much of a bell. Some stuff sounds a lot like me though.  QUESTION 1 I have a really far back memory to when I was at least 9 month (don't believe if you don't want) and I never remember having any issue with eye contact or face contact or whatever, would that mean I'm def. not on the spectrum? QUESTION 2 I had selective mutism (something very rare, please don't answer this unless you really know a lot about it) I know a lot of autistic children don't speak but this only has to do with anxiety (not a spectrum thing) I have read that you can't have that and be on the spectrum, is that true? Also is it common to have both? Not possible? QUESTION 3 I have always felt different from everyone else in the world. I've never even had a reason that I felt different. Just somehow felt that I was set apart from everyone else and I wasn't the same. Thoughts? As of right now, I feel that I am either not on the spectrum or have a very extremely mild case because I don't relate to much of the stuff I've read
Homo Sapiens Logicus 3 years ago
+James Foley *My point was about people who identify themselves as having Asperger's, which by the old diagnostic manual* Not in the DSM-I, II, III, IIIR, V So you mean the one that tried to be so all inclusive and at the same time so sub-group exclusive that litrally anybody could be diagnosed on a bad day, that one, the DSM-IV. *I like the new diagnostic criteria better* Excellent, do you also accept that diagnosing children under 10 years of age is counter productive (as was the case when I was diagnosed under the DSM-III)?
Homo Sapiens Logicus 3 years ago
+Laura Faith 1. If your therapist is 'literally the best therapist in the whole entire world' because reasons. then you are not autistic, AND they are because you let them be (and I will guess - because they validate what you wish to have validated)! 2. 'I could have had (maybe still do) some sort of autism spectrum' - No, youngling, you do not have and then not have autism - impossible, inconceivable, preposterous! autism is a neuro-developmental condition that is PERVASIVE - i.e. unless you had a full brain and nerve transplant you were never autistic! 3. She suggested you do the research, and that didn't ring a bell?!?! Go on now and see if you can't convince yourself, for me. And, sorry, 'some stuff' will always ring true about any human condition when considered by any particular human, doesn't make it the case because 'some stuff sounds a lot like me'! Q1. Eye contact is not the sole deciding factor of autism diagnosis, it's a spectrum. Q2. Selective mutism. Selective mutism is a specific social response to a specific social situation, it can be voluntary and selective, or involuntary and subconciously displayed. There is no physical cause, being that it is a mental selection usually made in response to stress or fear. It is curable with therapy, and will often disappear with age. Though not mutually exclusive of autism it requires higher social functioning at an early developmental age, which precludes one from the other in most cases. Autistic shutdown, is not a sign of Selective Mutism, as the brain in the autistic is mute as a result of processing issues not stress or fear. Autistic Mutism is not a sign of Selective Mutism because the mute autistic is so because of neuro-developnmental or nerve connection issues - not by selection in response to stress or fear. Answer your question?!?! Q3. Part A. Everyone feels different from everyone else, you do not have any condition that can't be explained by the fact that you are not a part of a hive mind! Part B. If you have read the material and it doesn't fit, THEN YOU HAVE YOUR ANSWER!
James Foley 4 years ago
+RonitIL since I actually agree with you on this, I am disappointed to hear you insulting me.  My point was about people who identify themselves as having Asperger's, which by the old diagnostic manual was defined as having the exact same symptoms as Autistic Disorder but without language delay and with average or above average intelligence.  I like the new diagnostic criteria better, because they acknowledge that people with the thinking and social style of autism can have all levels of intelligence, from very low and nonverbal to very high intelligence.       Is this still a load of crap?  It's what I said, but hopefully this time I came across more clearly.  And even if you still hate my words on this issue of intelligence, even though I think we agree, hopefully you can resist the temptation to say that the whole load of my words is crap, when most of it was focused on trying to be helpful to someone and most had nothing to do with intelligence. 
RonitIL 4 years ago
+James Foley Whats a load of crap. What does intelligence and autism have to do w/ one another?? People w/ autism could be very very intelligent.
James Foley 4 years ago
Your therapist might be on to something, not because any one of the three pieces you mention but because of how the three may go together with other traits the therapist noticed. 1) The selective mutism can arise for lots of reasons, from anxiety, trauma, or control, to a desire to sit back and study people before deciding to speak (the latter being a little more like ASD).   2) The really far back memory is more likely to be related to autism if it's most clear as visual memory, because that part of the brain is not affected by autism the same way other parts are.   3) Feeling different can happen for a lot of reasons, only one of which is related to autism, but here's one way to tell if you find the opportunity online or at school.  If you chat with other people with autism (look for people who identify as Asperger's to make sure you are chatting with people of average or above average intelligence and language skills), and find that suddenly they think the same things are ridiculous about normal social interaction or are frustrated by the same kinds of situations (loud simultaneous conversations, vague instructions from teachers, or other social behaviors or sensory experience), then it may be that you are different from MOST people, not different from everyone.   The models for studying autism are based too much on studies of boys.  The young women I have worked with on the autism spectrum, especially ages 10-28, often have fine eye contact, and are much more driven (either biologically or socioculturally) to learn about social interaction than boys on the autism spectrum, which makes them seem more neurotypical and pick up more social skills, but the way they learn them is still like the boys on the spectrum: they are more likely to practice facial expressions in a mirror than to naturally develop facial expressions when mirroring other people.   Hope this helps.  I have a few thoughts on autism on a blog called Autism Spectra but I haven't posted in a while.  I write about autism on Quora too, you'll find lots of comments from people with autism/Asperger's there, but no live chat; sorry, I don't have a suggestion about how to find people to chat with but maybe you could at least watch some videos of young women with Asperger's and see if you identify with any of them.  Meanwhile, keep working with that great therapist!!!  I would love to know who that is, especially if it's someone in Ohio or NJ or Michigan. 
Lady Diaspora 4 years ago
I AGREE lilly
Lily Sophia 4 years ago
To automatically put that first 19 month old in the category that he might have early signs of autism is irresponsible! I, honestly, did not see too much wrong with him and his behavior. He's 19 months!!!! Let the little boy live normally for a few years before putting a label on him! 
DENIS CARNEIRO 3 years ago
+mawshabocemb Ok then.Bye.
xorosho 3 years ago
+DENIS CARNEIRO ASD is not a disease. It would do you some good to look up the term Autism Rights , there are many autistic people who do not see their Autism as a negative thing, and would be highly offended at your classifying it as a disease. When someone is on the ASD spectrum, they are on it for life, it is not something to be cured of. Also, your story about 42 kids is highly suspect. I have actually worked within the U.S. public education system, where I have seen countless (over 42) children of various ages, who were labeled with ASD and suffered academically and emotionally because of the label. I also have seen children whose parents chose to refuse the ASD label and refused attempts at special education, and those children turned out happy and well-adjusted. So, is it worth it to label? Is it worth it just in case those special accommodations normalize behavior in a quicker way? Or, is it better to let the child develop their own coping skills while respecting their uniqueness and avoiding the reductive categorization of autism? Why not provide services without the autism label, especially since the new DSM's definitions for autism keep changing?
DENIS CARNEIRO 3 years ago
+mawshabocemb I have seen your commentaries.Please , please , change your mind.I have seen lots of kids with ASD diagnosis who got out of the spectrum trough these years. It is not clear if they were misdiagnosed ,or if they changed the natural course of the disease.But all of theirs parents are extremely happy to have gone through therapy , and all off these kids (these were 42 kids) are doing perfectly fine.
DENIS CARNEIRO 3 years ago
+mawshabocemb  Ok then. The absolute way to determine if a child falls on the autism spectrum  is detailed in DSM-V , but you can say in short: abnormailities in sociability , comunnication and restricted interest. The  guideline in this video shows signs of autism, and it is true almost all children have some of these signs ( but if a child have alterations in all theses aspects, this child is included in the spectrum by definition, just like anyone with 2 measures of blood glucose above 126 has diabetes mellitus- its a definition) , but the guideline is not a tool for diagnosis ( the arm flapping , for example , is very common , but it is not diagnosis criteria). I am not assuming these kids will have anything , because the abnormailities they show in the video are not enough to diagnose them ( it is impossible to diagnose ASD in a 5 minute video, it usually take hours or even days) , but I am pretty sure all of them needs to be evaluated by a trained professional , because all of them shows alarming signs. And if I was assuming they were in the spectrum, I wouldnt think they would develop into classic autism - it is impossible to say at this age , but I have seen lots of kids like these have a very poor outcome ( I am anesthesiologist , but since my nephew was diagnosed with autism seven years ago, I have started to work with children with ASD), and I can say for sure , no matter what kind of ASD a child have ( asperger, PDD-NOS, classic autism) , all of them benefitis from early therapy. Children with some isolated traits of ASD are not considered children with ASD , and are not directed to therapy - only a crazy person would do that. Why am I so concerned about it? Because through these last years, I have seen dozens of parents saying those same words , and these same arguments, and regret it deeply after some years. And never, along those last years, I have seen one single parent regreting putting their childs in therapy early. I understand it is hard to convince sometimes. Maybe taking a look at CDC campaign act early website would help?
xorosho 3 years ago
+DENIS CARNEIRO Yes, please tell us an absolute way to determine if a child falls on the autism spectrum. If you go by the guidelines put forth in this video, then it is probable that all children at some point can be labeled with ASD. You are assuming that all children who display the behaviors demonstrated in this video will develop classic ASD behaviors, however, that is not very likely. Obviously you have taken issue with any supposed autistic behaviors that your child has displayed, and therefore, now they are being forced to receive therapy to fall within the norm. That is what Lily Sophia was referring to, if you automatically try to label and change any behaviors that might be ASD, you are not giving your child a chance to develop according to their own proclivities/personality.
xorosho 4 years ago
I am very disappointed that this video is posted under the guise of providing helpful information. All of the children's actions that were presented fall within normal range of development.This video shows evidence of a movement towards a very narrow idea of what is normal and the ever increasing efforts of doctors to label and categorize children. All of the children that were presented as having autistic spectrum behaviors were boys. There has been much research showing how young boys are easily labeled as having ASD because they may develop socially more slowly than female children. There was no mention of possibilities that personality or even mood could affect how these children socially interact with others. ASD should not be diagnosed until a child is 9-10 years old because there are so many factors that go into diagnosis. Really this video is just sensationalism meant to play on the fear of parents and to perpetuate narrow ideas of normality in children.
Homo Sapiens Logicus 3 years ago
+mawshabocemb PRECISELY, good call!
AutumnJohnsonMusic 4 years ago
True
WhiskyPentruFete 4 years ago
  Autism can be induced by medication.  Is not always genetic. Autism is not just Asperger's. Gentamicin antibiotic given to newborns in maternities can induce autism. Antibiotics + vaccines can induce autism. Calling autism a spectrum and putting everybody in the same category  is the biggest fraud of medicine
Lily Sophia 4 years ago
No
Matt McDowall 4 years ago
+Steven Teschner Right? Thank you.
Steven Teschner 4 years ago
FALSE. do some real research.
NEWSMAN SUPER 3 years ago
This is so completely riven with misinformation from a biased source. The person presenting the topic has an interest in finding subjects to be classified as ASD as it brings her organisation more money. Secondly there is no reference to any evidence based medicine studies of sufficient standing and rigor to validate claims made here. It is equally valid to say the so called *asd* children show better concentration, independence, insight and discovery as well as self awareness. The children asking for help, show lack of self confidence, insight, basic motor skills, are easily distracted, have failed to develop filtering skills for low value information such as pointing at a butterfly on the wall versus a new object, nor can they tell a fake request to look at something versus actual information of high value. What this video labels a neuro typical means behavior that they think is normative. A loaded word with misinformation. A better word would be behavior we can try an make money from you by putting a psuedo scientific name on it.
nubiannitengale 5 years ago
Excellent vid! Very informative.
Cindy Cox 5 years ago
I wish we knew more when my nephew was showing signs a about 7 months. he's now 14 and has social and anger issues.
Kris C 5 years ago
i agree. professionals should also be screening for chromosomal disorders as well as pushing families at risk for the disorders to get tested themselves.
Marieomaire 5 years ago
Can anyone explain to me this western obsession on pretend play?! I never did it because it seemed mean to me, now my son doesn't and here it seemed to be autism sign while in Russia I finished high school earlier and got PhD at 23 and never been told that I'm autistic. Here the only thing that kids are taught to is pretend and that's the only thing they do as they grow up as adults. Sick.
zaza welch 5 years ago
MY SON WAS A HAPPY BABY AT 6 MONTHS OLD, HE WAS LOVABLE AND STARTED TO SAY HIS FIRST WORD DADDY .I LOVED IT SO MUCH TO HERE THOSE WORDS. I LOVED IT SO MUCH THE ATTENTION I GOT FROM MY SON,BUT THEN SOMETHING STARTED TO CHANGE. HE STOPPED TALKING THEN SLOWLY HE STARTED TO REGRESS.GO INTO HIS OWN LITTLE WORLD.AND NOT TALK AT ALL. WOULD NOT SHOW NO AFFECTION OR SMILE.I TOOK HIM TO THE DOCTOR AND THEY DIAGNOSED HIM AS AUTISTIC .
Kate Dides 5 years ago
Considering the fact that Autism and related disorders are brain disorders from abnormal brain chemistry/biology I think it's perfectly legitimate to explore Autism as a possibility. Any educated professional knows that would test for the other possibilities too.
KYC IPL 5 years ago
The information which given through this video is very useful to parents. Its a great service.
iamqadri 5 years ago
they dont have problem making eye contact. they do however have problems MAINTAINING eye contact as it is considered an assault to the senses/displaying too much information for them.
sweetpick1 5 years ago
Refi68, for years i didn't realize i was not answering like always looking at myself doing nothing and saying thi.gs in my mind. Your son may feel like that too.i always wonder how asd kids are just in another dimension so to speak and being able to speak what's going on inside may seem impossible to explain or describe and physically there's the neuro issue keeping thatfrom happening
sweetpick1 5 years ago
Misinformation.why don't more people connect the dots that autism is being cause by many different factors and some forms could even be healed. The signs are too indicative of so many different personality types. We are in an age where personality can be diagnosed as disease. Alternative thinking is seen as illness. Seeing vids like this frustrates me. I see that you think its helpful but its not:-(
Paul Green 5 years ago
Superb!
krysta senek 5 years ago
There is one key issue that needs to be addressed. These signs are not just about autism. My 5 year-old fits every sign, but she is NOT autistic. She has a rare chromosome disorder. She also has a brain disorder. It is videos like the one that keep my daughter at 1 of 22 in the world. When people see this, it's automatic to begin testing for autism, without any thought of chromosome or brain disorders. Give signs for developmental delays and offer all potential possibilities, not just autism.
refi68 5 years ago
I don't know.that's a skill that my 12 year old son has still not displayed.he has still to pick up a phone and say hello..it seems like that little boy has been paying attention to the world around him well enough to pretend to answer the phone.or at the very least, it's an indication that he will be on the high end of the spectrum
Barbara Smith 5 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to reply to everybody :-)
Barbara Smith 5 years ago
Thats why i wrote that the red flags are lack of social communication (ie not looking at faces to share) rather than lack of speech. We agree with each other..
Emily Roberts 5 years ago
But he didn't try to do it on his own; once he saw that he couldn't do it, he started to cry. A neurotypical independent child would attempt to do it by himself, find that he couldn't, and then illicit help from someone else, or keep trying; he would not give it one half-hearted attempt and then cry because he knows he has other options, whereas to the ASD child, if he can't do it then there is nothing to be done and the toy won't get wound up.
Emily Roberts 5 years ago
The sharing exhibited by the neurotypical children was not a learned social grace, it was an instinctual attempt at gaining the attention of the people around them and engaging them in their play; people are more interesting than objects to NT children, so they will incorporate them into their games, not because they know sharing is polite but because they enjoy it. ASD children are more interested in objects than in people, and the instinct to engage and share with others is not present.
Emily Roberts 5 years ago
Yes, but imitation and imaginative play are not the same thing. Echolalia is very common in autistics; they repeat words and phrases spoken by others with perfect diction and tone, but have no idea what they're saying; to them it's all noise. A child with ASD could appear to be having a richly detailed imaginary conversation on a phone when in fact all he is doing is repeating an actual phone call he heard someone else make with no attempt at altering it with imagination.
Emily Roberts 5 years ago
That depends on the level of his severity. I have Asperger's, a mild form of autism and went through mainstream school all the way through university, but some children have a lower ability to connect with and understand the demands and desires of others, and more sensory and informational processing difficulties, which would make learning in a mainstream school difficult. The only way to know what your child is capable of is to see how he does in mainstream education.
Emily Roberts 5 years ago
Yes because responding to one's name and understanding the gesture of a pointed finger, as well as having the social motivation to follow the finger to the source of the other person's attention are all skills that require an understanding of body language, and an innate instinctive interest in other people and their thoughts and feelings, which children with ASDs do not exhibit. To them, people are more like functional objects.