Autism Spectrum Disorder 1

Monday, February 27, 2017

Autism spectrum disorder is a serious developmental disorder that impairs a persons ability to communicate and interact. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part series on autism spectrum disorder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a broad term used to describe problems with communication and behavior. ASD can range from mild to very severe.

Symptoms often appear in children as young as six to 12 months of age. The most noticeable symptoms are unusual behaviors and delayed talking. Some key signs and symptoms are:

Speech or communication delays

Repetitive movements or very few interests

Limited or no eye contact

Limited sharing of feelings or interests

Significant distress by change in routines

Failure to start and maintain conversations

Strong attachments to specific objects

Overreaction to sounds or visual signals

Lack of interest in making friends, and

Difficulty in imaginary play

There is no single cause of ASD. There may be a higher risk if other family members have the disorder. Older age of the mother and father are risk factors. There is also a higher risk if the mother has diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, infections, is taking certain medicines or has had contact with pesticides.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.