Making special statements to the World Autism Awareness Day, Dr. Lecturer Ali Dayi shared information on the emergence of autism spectrum disorder, its symptoms, and the education process of people with autism.
Stating that autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that begins in early childhood with social interaction and communication deficiencies, behavioral problems, repetitive, stereotyped behaviors and limited interests, Dr. Lecturer Ali Dayi said, “Studies have reported that there is an increase in its incidence, the incidence is approximately 1 percent, and that it is seen more in boys than in girls.”
SYMPTOMS MAY OCCUR IN DIFFERENT WAYS
Dr. Dayi gave information about the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, “Avoiding eye contact, delay or inability to speak, indifference to social relations, not responding to being called by name, deficiencies in non-verbal communication, repeating spoken words (echolalia), misuse of pronouns, changing daily routines. Symptoms include the constant repetition of some behaviors such as restlessness, reacting, playing uncreative games, shaking, clapping hands.
Stating that the symptoms can be encountered in different ways and in severity, Dr. Dayi said, “In case of these symptoms, a child and adolescent psychiatrist should be consulted. “Recognizing and diagnosing autism spectrum disorder at an early age and making the necessary guidance play an important role in getting positive results in terms of treatment.”
Dayi ended his words with the following suggestions:
“In this period when coronavirus negatively affects the whole life, it will be important to review the treatment and education planning according to the needs of each individual in order to ensure that individuals with autism spectrum disorder do not have disruptions in their education processes and are affected by the changes in daily routines caused by the pandemic to a minimum.”