#AutismAwarenessMonth: Understanding Autism

By emasaba 3 years ago
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It is always hard to believe and come to terms with, for any parent that their child has a problem. We are always advised by doctors that if we want reduce the growth of infections or disorders in children, we have to catch them in the early stages, this is also true for Autism; the younger your child, the greater the impact of treatments on the symptoms they get.

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders with a shared core of symptoms; it appears in infants or early childhood causing delays in basic areas of development such as learning to interact with others, play and talking.


The signs and symptoms of autism vary widely, as do the effects in every child: Some children have mild impairments while in others it is severe. All autistic children will have problems like: hard to communicate easily whether verbally or non- verbally, not easily relate to others or their environment and they will think or behave flexibly.

Every doctor will give you a different opinion about what causes autism and how best to treat it, but they will agree that: early and intensive intervention helps.


Early signs;

– Does not make eye contact e.g. Look at you while being fed.

– Doesn’t smile when being smiled at.

– Does not respond to name or familiar voices.

– Does not use any gestures while communicating.


– Does not follow gesture when you point things out.

– Doesn’t make noise to get attention.

– Doesn’t initiate or respond to cuddling.

– Does not imitate any facial expressions or movement.

– Does not reach out to be picked up.

– Does not play with others or share interest in enjoyment.

– Does not visually follow objects.


Keep a close eye on your child’s development because autism involves a lot of delays and monitoring them will help you notice if they are delaying to hit the key social and emotional milestones, you can have them checked. On the hand, all children develop at a different pace than the rest so not freak out when your baby is taking their time.

If you are concerned about your child and have spotted any signs , take action by sharing your concerns with the  child’s doctor immediately to be on a safe side. Do not wait and see because waiting is the worst thing you can do because children do not simply grow out their problems, they always need some extra help.


Just because your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder does not mean the world is ending, there are a lot more schools and organizations/ homes around the country  that specifically work with Special needs children from infants to teens, listed below. This means that your child can still have a normal childhood but around specialists who understand the condition and in an environment that is suitable for them.


Almost all schools in Uganda accommodate special needs children but the staff is always not as well equipped to work with them and the fact that the children will not fit in this environment which will be tumultuous to their growth.

Tunaweza Children’s Center:       –The Komo Center For Understanding Autism, Entebbe. komocentre.org

Address:                                             – Dorna Center Home For Autism; http://www.dornacentre.org/
Plot 1211 Papaya Rise                       –
Kampala, Uganda
Telephone: +256 414-960098


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