Autism and PressVision
What is ASD?
According to the organization Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorder is a complex of disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger Syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances.
Vision problems are common with autism and many times are overlooked. Characteristic autistic behaviors, such as: poor eye contact, looking though or beyond objects, extreme aversion to light, unusual reaction to sight, lack of reciprocal play, inordinate fear of heights or lack of appropriate fear of heights and stimming, could be visual symptoms.
Visual problems are common with those that have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.
Having a visual evaluation by a developmental optometrist may lead to treatment that can have a ripple effect on sensory development and integration.
For additonal information, check out our Visual Attention and Autism Blog and Asperger's Syndrome Blog
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