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Mild autism is referred to, clinically, as PDD or Pervasive Developmental Disorder and in this particular case of PDD some of the autism symptoms can be discerned in the victim but not all autistic signs are displayed in the child or the adult. Mild autism is often related and associated to Aspergers Syndrome as in the latter one finds fewer development disorders and inabilities just like in the case of PDD. Aspergers Syndrome is considered to be hereditary and is often diagnosed alongside bipolar disorder as well as depression.
There are multiple syndromes of mild autism or PDD and if one goes through the autism checklist he or she will not have difficulty to understand as to why this is called a mild form of autism. In case of severe autism the child will display signs of the disorder even before he or she has turned three but in case of mild autism the signs get displayed in the child when he or she has reached the age of three or even a little older than that. The mildly autistic child will have an average IQ and might not appear to have any sort of abnormal behavior in the first few years of his or her life.
But gradually as the child begins to grow up the parents can see that he or she is having difficulty in mixing with other children of the same age and having problems communicating with them and the others. When this child is admitted to school he or she will have trouble in understanding the discussion which is going on between the teacher and the other students.
Some children who tend to talk too much or never talk at all are often mildly autistic and it is important for the parents as well as the teachers to notice this. Avoiding eye contact with others has always been considered as mild autism. Some of the mildly autistic children talk on unrelated topics and keep repeating lines and phrases that they have heard before.
Another important symptom of mild autism is that the child will appear to be deaf or blind to the presence of a second person and thus continue with his or her own work with utter concentration. At times he or she will stare at an object for a long stretch of time and at times will have real difficulty in understanding and grasping the meaning of another person’s words or gestures.
Mildly autistic children go through severe mood swings even at a very early age and they tend to get distressed over tiny issues. At times they lack to understand the emotions and feelings of other people and fail to get the perspective of another person. Some of these children have poor motor skills and habits like walking on tip toes and some show extreme interest in the minute details of trivial matters for instance they may find every detail of a particular object to be very grasping. These mild symptoms are to be discovered by the parents so that timely diagnosis can help the child or there is a chance of him or her becoming severely autistic in the near future.