A new study finds that parents of autistic children are more likely to report the presence of a social problem – not a medical condition
A new research paper by researchers at University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago has found that parents are more inclined to report a child’s autism diagnosis, and that they are more often aware of autistic symptoms than their peers.
The study, which appears in the journal Child Development, found that about three quarters of parents of children with autism reported having autism symptoms.
It found that a child was more likely than peers to report autism symptoms as an adult, and a child is less likely to say they have autism as a child.
The findings raise concerns about whether parents are providing enough support for children with developmental disabilities, which are the most common form of autism.
Dr. Julia Eller, lead author of the study, said parents are often reluctant to seek medical help for their children with a diagnosis of autism, which is often thought to be the result of genetic defects.
But when autism symptoms occur, it is important for the child to know what they are and to seek help if necessary, she said.
The new research also found that children of parents with autism were more likely in some areas to have experienced problems in school, with fewer of them meeting state and federal standards for autism.
The researchers found that more than half of children who were diagnosed with autism at age 18 had a diagnosis at age 12.
About one-third had a diagnosed autism diagnosis at that age.
Parents who reported a diagnosis were more than twice as likely as non-parental parents to report difficulties in school and to report that they had trouble maintaining friendships.
But parents who reported being the only parent to have autism were also more likely – by about a three-to-one ratio – to report these difficulties.
The number of children living with autism was also higher in urban areas, which had more than a third of the population with autism.
Those living in urban centers were also twice as similar to children living in rural areas as to children in urban locations.
Parents of children without autism were less likely than those with autism to report symptoms in their children.
However, they were more apt to report difficulty with socializing with peers and with being the sole parent of a child with autism, compared with other parents.
Parents also reported being more likely when they reported that they did not understand their child’s behavior.
“The parents who were reported as being the most aware of autism symptoms, that was their parents with autistic symptoms, were more frequent and more frequent than those who were perceived to be more aware of their childs symptoms,” Eller said.
Parents may not realize that their child has autism, she added.
“It’s really about being a good parent and caring for the children.
And it’s about taking the right steps, whether it’s socializing your child or not,” she said, noting that parents who report being more aware are more willing to take on more responsibility.
Autism symptoms can be confused with intellectual disability and other disabilities, and many people with autism are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder, which means that children and their caregivers have a range of physical, mental and social abilities.
Some autism spectrum disorders may be linked to conditions such as schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental disabilities and epilepsy.
Researchers have not found any connection between autism and intellectual disability, and studies have shown no link between autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy or other conditions.
“We’ve got a lot of unanswered questions,” Eler said.