In this video I’m discussing seven Asperger’s in childhood signs that you need to know to identify a child on the spectrum. Comin’ up. [Intro music] Hey guys, welcome back to The Aspie World. My name is Dan, I have Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, OCD and Dyslexia. I make weekly videos on autism and mental health, so if you are new around here and you’d like to learn more, remember to hit that subscribe button by clicking the notification bell. Oh, and if you’re watching over from Facebook make sure to go to the page and like and follow us to get daily videos from me. In this video I will be discussing seven most common traits of an autistic child. So that if you’re trying to figure out if your child is autistic or not, then this video is for you. Also, I will be checking in a bonus one right at the end of the video. Ok guys, so before I get on with this video, I’d just like to read out comments that you guys have asked me over on my Instagram account. And if you’d like to be featured in a video just like this and would like me to read out your comment and answer it, then head over to Instagram, give me a follow and turn the notifications on, so you’ll be alerted when I ask you to ask me a question. And hey, you might be in the video just like this. Okay the first comment here is from xxthatwolfxxyt and they said: [instagram comment] I was inspired to do videos, because after my diagnosis I tried to find information online and there was nothing available that I felt really made you feel empowered or kind of uplifted to the fact that you have an autism spectrum condition. It was just all quite dull and boring, so I wanted to do something that was a bit of fun and a bit more like, I don’t know, upbeat. Okay the next one here is from gizmo30tattoo: [instagram comment]. Well I would say that music and art are both creative outlets, right? I mean we know from research and we know from, just experience, that people on the autism spectrum are super creative and there are creative types of people, that’s why a lot of famous people who are like directors and artists and musicians and very, you know, clever people like that, they’re usually on the spectrum because that’s what they gravitate towards. So, I think this is good in a few ways. One: Help them have creative outlets for things to do and another thing: it can be used as therapy. Okay, so the last question is from trinitybayley and they said: [instagram comment]. It actually only took me about eight months to go from the screenings to getting a diagnosis of autism, because I had previously been diagnosed with all kinds of stuff like, you know they had seen I had dyslexia and ADHD and all kinds of things. So it wasn’t really that lengthy process for me, because I was already kind of in the system and they had me on their flags anyway. So, it only took about eight months. Okay guys let’s go on with this video. Hey guys I just wanted to let you know that I have these for sale. They are autism alert cards. You can buy them on my website. They are small indicator cards that just tells somebody of authority or anybody that the person holding this card / carrying this card has an autism spectrum condition. And it has a name and (an origin bar) on the back and this is very helpful in situations where it may be apparent that you’ll be with authority figures or something. It’s kind of like a safety net, so this is awesome. They’re available only on my website, the link will be in the card above here and in the description below, so check that out. It’s good to be back making videos again, I’m loving the new office, thank you guys so much for joining me for this video and I wanted to do this video because, like a lot of people have, you know, questions and thoughts and theories on autism in children and so I basically listed down like seven things that I think are like the most common signs of an autism spectrum condition in children. And I wanted to share them with you. And also, again, there’s a bonus one right at the end of the video, so make sure to stay tuned to the end to get that bonus one. So, let’s dive straight in. Now the first one and I think this is probably the most obvious one to me and the most common one is lining up toys in a straight line. So like young children on the spectrum, you’ll often see them just collecting all that toys, I mean like all, you know every child has toys, right? But a lot of kids play with the toys, they’ll have an interactive play and they’ll have like imaginative play and things like that. But usually people on the spectrum don’t have that type of play, they tend to just line up all their toys in like a row and have fun doing it. It’s like making a linear structure of all their toys and they could line them all up in a perfect order like that. Sometimes they’ll do size but not always, it doesn’t always matter the size wise. They just like to line all their toys up. And I know when I was a kid, when I was growing up, I had a lot of Star Wars action figures and my parents bought me Star Wars action figures and X-men action figures. I loved action figures, but what I loved more about action figures was the fact that I could just stand them all up in a line and I just loved watching Star Wars, to see all the Stormtroopers on the Death Star just stood up in like perfect lines and stuff it was amazing. So, I used to replicate that with my Star Wars action figures. So, number two is difficulty in making friends and maintaining friends. Now, people on the autism spectrum obviously have an issue with social interactions. This is one of the kind of like prerequisite for having an autism diagnosis, which means like social cues and hand gestures and those unwritten social laws that people just picked up from being in social circles are kind of a bit of a mess with people on the autism spectrum, as you can imagine for growing up and you find this difficult then you’re not gonna learn these like hidden gestures and stuff like that. So, when you’re tryna’ make friends with somebody, especially when you’re a young kid and you’re tryna make friends with that kid but that kid has always like social kind of conventions that they understand and you don’t, it’s gonna be difficult to communicate with them. This is not to say that every kid is gonna be like this, I mean some kids can understand that, you know, autistic individuals or people of neurodiversity may have issues with social communications and those kids are be cool and they might be able to help you out. But typically, kids ain’t gonna know that and they gonna find it quite hard to make friends with, you know, those people. Now, another thing is maintaining friendships. Like not understanding if they’ve upset somebody, saying the wrong things, things like that. So, usually children who are on the autism spectrum sometimes have a little bit more of a difficult time making friends and maintaining them. It’s something to watch out for if you’re looking at a kid thinking: ‘Ok, are they on the spectrum or not on the spectrum’ or you know, and again this transposes to adults as well but obviously it’s quite clear in children because children take everything to face value, they’ve time to kind of learn like workarounds really in life like adults do on the autism spectrum. So, this is something that I find very interesting. But it’s not impossible. This is not to say that kids who have an autism spectrum condition can’t make friends, I mean of course they make friends, I am just saying that it may be difficult, and they may have a harder time in doing so. So, number three is issues with texture and food. Now, this is fascinating. So, children on the autism spectrum usually have a co-occurring condition or a comorbid condition called “SPD” which is “Sensory Processing Disorder”. Now, I did a video covering all about Sensory Processing Disorder and overcoming that, so I will link that in the card above here somewhere so you guys can actually see that video, it’s got loads of tips of how to overcome sensory processing issues. Now, with the sensory processing issues it could be things like you know the texture of food. It could be the fact that food has to be hot or cold, when sometimes maybe that food is predominantly hot or predominantly cold, but they want it like the other way around. They may have an issue with like the texture like smooth textures or lumpy textures of food, it could be smells attached to it, it can even be down to like clothing and stuff like the feeling of clothing. But it’s usually around food that you’ll notice it with your child or with children in general. Now, this again is Sensory Processing Disorder it’s not that they are being awkward or they’re just fussy kids, it’s because they obviously have a processing issue, a sensory processing issue with those specifics. I find this fascinating. Again, Sensory Processing Disorder isn’t something that you can diagnose independently it has to be co-occurring and you know like 99% of the time it’s co-occurring with an Autism Spectrum Condition. So, it’s a definite given that if you’ll finding that your kid or somebody’s kid or you know somebody you know or a child you know is having these kind of traits and they also have the sensory processing stuff than that’s typically you know they’ll be on the spectrum. I’m gonna take a bit of water here. I actually think I got a bit of a cold; I don’t really get sick that often. I managed to get a cold from something. I’m drinking Green Tea with lemon and Manuka Honey. Getting that old boy ticking again. Okay, so we’re back with number four. Number four is: issues with a deviating from routine. I find this super interesting. People on the autism spectrum love routine. It’s that whole familiarity with like that knowing what’s coming next, knowing that you’re gonna do that, there’s a comfortable feeling there, there’s no ambiguity, you don’t have to kind of guess or second guess anything or learn anything new. You just know how it’s gonna go so you can relax a bit and the anxiety just fizzes away. Now, children on the autism spectrum love to have routine. Sometimes it’s rigid routine. But that routine, if it is taken away or there is a disruptive pattern in that routine or a deviate from that linear line of routine, then this could cause some distress for that person who is on the autism spectrum or they could possibly have a meltdown. This is like highly upsetting for someone if they are into routine and then the routine kinda goes a bit skewiff. So, this is another indication to know. If a person is on the autism spectrum, then they’ll typically like routine and that routine can’t be deviated because they may have issues, if that is the case. Okay, so, number five is a really interesting one. It’s zoning out. Now, I hear this a lot from parents, ok? And it’s usually parents who got children who’ve been diagnosed with ASD but before that they thought the kid was deaf. It’s a weird one, right? But it goes like this. They said ‘Oh I was calling my kid. Hey Charlie, hey Charlie, hey Charlie!’ And then the kid was just like [zoned out, music playing in background] And then the parents are like ‘Hey Charlie, hey Charlie, hey Charlie!’ And then the kid is still just like [zoned out, music playing in background] completely not looking at the parent, completely looking the other way and zoning out to their knowledge. So, what’s actually happening here is the kid is actually hyper focusing and zoning in on something else so the person is kind of like looking at, it could be anything, could be a memory, a thought, it could be looking at an object and really thinking about this object but it kind of like what happens is that they zone in so much on this thing that the surroundings kind of get just pushed to the side a bit. So, the external stimuli, if you will, will be kind of forgotten about just for a little bit while they focus on this stuff. So, of course these parents are like: ‘Oh my goodness, you know my kid’s deaf!’ and they’re taking it to a doctor and saying: ‘Oh they’re not responding to their name’ and then comes the doctor to perform a test and then the kid might be zoning out that same time, which happens a lot of the time, and there you go, the doctor says: ‘Oh my goodness, they have something wrong with their hearing and oh they possibly could be deaf’, because you know if it’s happening frequently it’ll just look like the kid is just ignoring, which isn’t the case. And I actually know specifically like a guy I know who has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and you know he was diagnosed deaf when he was a kid, when he wasn’t even deaf. It’s kind of interesting that they don’t think like that it could be anything else, they kind of just go straight for ‘Oh it’s a hearing impairment’ rather than something that could be like neurological you know. So that’s a very interesting one to know that if like, you know, you’re kid seems to be deaf sometimes, but it isn’t deaf or they don’t have any problem with hearing, but sometimes they just don’t listen to you calling their name or stuff like that, then this could be down to the fact that they’re on the spectrum. This is very common. Okay, so, number six. Fascinating one. This is called stimming. Now, stimming stands for self-stimulatory behaviour and it’s basically a repetitive notion, like a behaviour you do repetitively that helps you kind of like self sooth, if you like and just chill out and relax a little bit with what you’re doing. And stimming comes in the form of all kinds of motions, but probably one of the most common ways is hand flapping. So, you might see kids doing this, like flapping their hands. And when they are flapping their hands, they’re kind of stimming and it could happen that when they’re nervous or when they’re excited cause obviously that’s a similar kind of emotion and it’s kind of a self-soothing behaviour. It happens a lot and you’ll see kids do this quite frequently, if they’re on the autism spectrum and I find this super interesting. Stimming kinda evolves as you get older but as kids that’s one of the hallmark signs if you see them just flapping their hands and it’s awesome. So flappy hands mean happy hands. Okay, so. Number seven is obsessive interest. Now, I know we all have interests in life, you know and neurotypical people alike will have interests in things, but kids on the autism spectrum will have an obsessive interest. Something that they are so obsessed with it’s the only thing they wanna talk to you about, it’s the only thing they ever research, it’s the only thing they look at, play with, deal with, it’s the only, it consumes their entire life and this obsession could last a lifetime or it could last a couple of months and then they’re on to something else, but the same effect. They’re completely obsessed, just can’t get enough of this. This is it, you know, this is my entire life – obsessions. And when you talk to them about anything, they’ll just talk to you about their obsession. Now, obsessive interest comes from again a hyper focus background and behaviour trait for a neurological condition like autism. And it allows the person to really focus in on something that they feel comfortable with, because they kind of have a relationship with that obsession in some way they just love the feeling that it gives them when they read about it or they think about it or the way that their brain engages with that obsession. It’s just unprecedentedly awesome and they feel comfortable about it. I myself have loads obsessions. I’m obsessed with Fight Club, the movie and the book and everything that goes with it, the comic book, everything, I love it. I’m actually also a chemist. I was obsessed with chemistry for a while and I love like gadgets and gizmos and I love like iPads and things like that. I’m just obsessed. And social media right now, I’m really obsessed with social media, so yeah hey go follow me on all my social media. Links are below. But, you know, it’s something that with a combined checklist of all of these other kind of traits or signs, if you will, you’re able to then identify an autism spectrum condition in somebody, because they kind of, they’re showing those hallmarks. Okay guys, so I know I was gonna do seven, but I wanted to do eight. This is a bonus one. This is a complete bonus one. Just, I thought I’d check in for you guys, because I feel like it’s relevant, and I feel like you totally benefit from this. If you’re liking this video guys, remember to give it a thumbs up, because it really helps me out. And if you think this video can help somebody, please share this video with your friends or family or whoever you think on your social media platforms, if you think it’ll help them out, because it will help me out, because we’ll be helping the world. Okay guys, so. Number eight. So, this is a fascinating one. People with an autism spectrum condition may have an accent that is quite strange to their country of origin, right? And you think: ‘Oh what on earth you’re going about Dan?’. Well there’s a condition called echolalia in autism where you repeat words, or you repeat phrases over and over again and maybe just repeating words that you’ve heard somewhere else. And a lot of people who are on the autism spectrum will obsess over television and movies and when they’re watching television and film and movies and all that kind of stuff, they are learning dialogue and vocabulary from these and this is how I picked up my vocabulary, mainly American, so people don’t know if I’m American or British. I’m actually British, I’m actually Welsh. I live in Wales in the United Kingdom, but my accent is slightly American, because I’ve watched all of those things and I digest that content and that’s how I learned to talk in a certain way. So that’s fascinating. But you’ll notice that children on the spectrum will have that in common, where they may have a slight American accent. Now, if you know somebody who has an autism spectrum condition and they’re from the UK and have an American accent, that is why. And I found that that was a very interesting bonus to put in here, because it’s something that people don’t really talk about, but it’s something that is apparent, and I’ve definitely noticed it. And the same, my partner who is a specialist in autism, she also noticed it as well. Thanks for watching this video guys and I will see you next time. Peace.