Not so long ago there was only one term used to diagnose someone with an autism spectrum disorder. Nowadays there are different subtypes of autism used to when diagnosing someone with an autism disorder. There are many forms of autism and not 2 people with this disorder are alike. With some people you will not even notice they have a form of autism because they are functioning properly in society. With others it is easy noticing that there is something wrong and that they need help in functioning as good as possible. There is done a large amount of research on this topic and undoubted more forms, signs and symptoms will be found and hopefully also a cure.
This article will lay out 5 forms of autism that are used when diagnosing someone with a disorder in the autism spectrum.
Recent years you hear more and more about this condition. It is very hard to diagnose these children as they are misdiagnosed often with ADHD or Obsessive compulsive disorder. Most often they are highly intelligent and verbally well developed. They seem to accelerate in some talent and get rather preoccupied with it. However, they are often clumsy in how they move because their motor skills are undeveloped. They are also not always able to empathize with other persons and think very rationally.
This is the classic autistic disorder, the classic one that most people know off. Dr. kanner was the first doctor who described this disorder around 1930. A person with Kanner syndrome is not able to empathize with anyone. They do not recognize face expressions like smiling or crying. They life on their own world and are very neurotic about it in that they want everything to be the same. They have to do a daily routine that must be the same. If the routine will be different than they will scream or become violent to himself or to objects. These persons often have trouble functioning in society because they are very poor in communicating.
PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified
This form of autism lays very close to an autism disorder. The symptoms are most often almost the same and therefore it is very difficult to make a difference between PDD-NOS and autism.
This is a very rare condition mostly found in young girls. The main symptoms are repetitive hand motions and muscle atrophy. Mostly they are retarded in some kind of way and this makes they highly dependent for help their entire life.
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
This is a very rare condition just like Rett’s syndrome. These children have a normal development until 3 or 4 years old. After that they will start to regress in development and. They will have problems at interacting with other child and are not able to potty train. Their verbal skills will also regress until they will not speak anymore.
There are more form of autism to be described but these are the most common ones. Autism is a serious condition and most of the time these children will need help for the rest of their life’s.