I’ve had a lot on my mind recently since looking through my medical notes again and discovering my father ignored my problems through our many consultants’ visits. There was never a problem.
It’s vital for any Specialist to be informed about the child they’re treating, when they ask about the difficulties that child experiences. Had the Specialist been informed, he will have come to understand that some of my behaviour traits fitted exactly into the Autism spectrum.
A lot of my symptoms were overlooked because the interest from my father simply wasn’t there. Cerebral Palsy isn’t just about Cerebral Palsy. Through the brain injury it can include many other disorders such as Autism and Asperger.
Children with autism may struggle with the following:
- Verbal and nonverbal Communication;
- Repetitive Behaviours or Interests;
- Social Interaction including the way they relate to others.
Children and infants who deal with autism, or infants don’t cuddle. They tend to avoid eye contact, don’t need or like physical affection or contact. They show little interest in human contact and when held they may go rigid or limp, as a sign to go down. Children with autism will also struggle to form attachments.
As a child, I was like that, both distant and aloof. Looking back, I didn’t know why I had unusual traits, but my family thought it was just me; that it was who I was, rather than what I was dealing with. Children with autism also show unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as the way objects look or certain sounds.
Their routine is slightly regimented, their behaviour repetitive. Things tend to have been done a certain way. That sadly is me. Although symptoms will differ in each child exhibiting autism, one size diagnosis doesn’t fit all.
Symptoms usually range from mild to severe and will be different for each child. Looking back my behaviour traits fitted perfectly. All children with autism display social, behavioural and social patterns that are individual to them, but fit into the overall diagnosis of autism.
I find it both irritating and sad that I am still having to work all my presenting symptoms out. This should have all be done for me as a child.