In the case of autism, there is little we can do.
The condition is incurable, with a median age of life of 18 years, and a lifetime prevalence of about 1 in 100,000, according to a recent U.S. study.
Yet autism affects an estimated 1 in 50,000 people.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Association president Dan Kucharski said the numbers are too high.
“We know from studies that 1 in 10 children with autism have some kind of other mental illness,” Kucharki said.
Even when there are other causes, such as medication and other risk factors, it can be difficult to identify autism before it strikes.
We do know that when we find out, we are not the only one,” Kocharski told AP.
If you or anyone you know is at risk for autism, you may have heard of the Autism Speaks hotline.
They are the most accessible resource in the country, and you can call for help in person at 866-488-7386, 787-794-4787, or 866.478.TIPS for Autistic Children: Talk to a Doctor and GET IT RIGHT Autistic children may experience severe difficulty with social interactions.
If you are feeling lonely or anxious, talk to a doctor.
A diagnosis of autism may be based on the number of times you have been socially isolated.
It may also be possible to diagnose autism as a result of an emotional disorder, such a Asperger’s syndrome or autism spectrum disorder.
The diagnosis will be given at a time of your choosing, but often it will be based solely on your symptoms and the person you are talking to.
Be prepared to be patient, and talk with a doctor at least once a week to learn what is working and what isn’t, Kuchariski said in an email.
When it comes to social interactions, Kocharkski recommends: Talking to the person who was the first person you talked to and asking about the child’s history.
Ask them about their socialization or experience, and what it was like.
The child may not have heard the child talk to others before.
Talking to the child, if possible, and asking the child about the other person, or the other child, who you met before.
You may be able to find the person from whom the other is related, or have more information.
Having a plan, and knowing when to call the emergency room, Kuzarski suggested.
He said if the emergency physician is not available to help, you should speak with a social worker.
Getting help for autism in general can be complicated.
The CDC’s National Autistic Society (NAAS) recommends the following: Talking with a parent or guardian of the child.
Teach the child that there are people around who can talk to you, and that it is not necessary to call for someone to talk to them.
Kuchareski said if you need to contact a doctor, it is important that you contact them before you go into the emergency department.
Talk to a social service agency.
These can help the child identify other people who can be helpful.
Kuzarksi suggested that these agencies include teachers, social workers, teachers’ aides, psychologists, psychiatrists, social worker’s offices, mental health providers, school counselors, and other specialists.
Find out if there is a mental health facility in your area.
Many people who have autism have a home, and they often go to a mental hospital or a group home, which can be very isolating and dangerous.
Talk to the mental health provider who is most comfortable for you.
They may have specific training and will be able tell you what you need.
You can also go to the local school.
They can help with learning disabilities, such that they can give you the right skills and information.
Kochareski recommends that you talk to the teacher who is closest to you in your community and ask for their help.
You can also ask the teacher about what resources they have.
They should be able answer questions and provide you with the information you need, Kucherkski said, adding that a good school teacher should be willing to talk with the child before you enter the classroom.
Take a walk with your child.
This can help them relax and remember who they are and what they are doing.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
If the child asks you for a list of things they want to do, you can always ask them what they would like to do.
They will be glad to tell you about things that they enjoy, Kukarski recommended.