How to tell if your baby is autistic
You may not have heard about Shaun King.
But you should.
He is the first child with autism to be adopted by a single Canadian family.
His mother, Sakura King, told the CBC in 2014 that she was looking forward to giving her son a normal life.
“I think it will make me happier.
He’ll be like me.
He will learn how to walk and talk,” she said.
King was adopted in 2014 and lived with his adoptive parents, Shaun King and his father, Brian King.
King is now 14 years old.
His adoptive father is also autistic, so Shaun King’s birth parents are raising Shaun King together as their own son.
Shaun King was raised in a foster home, where he received special education support from the Canadian Centre for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
It was at this home that he met his biological mother, Sharon King.
Sharon King said in a 2014 interview that her son was diagnosed with autism when he was just six months old.
“I thought I was doing a really good job of caring for him,” she told CBC News.
She was diagnosed in August 2017.
Sharon’s son, Shaun, has autism.
But King’s parents are trying to raise awareness about autism, and have been vocal about their belief that autism is a genetic disease.
“It is not a choice.
It is not something that can be changed,” Sharon King told the ABC in 2016.
“If you do not have autism, there is no need to have autism.”
The parents, who are not the biological parents of Shaun King, have spoken about the importance of raising awareness of autism in the public eye.
“The public needs to know that there is autism,” Shaun King said to the CBC, “so we can educate them about autism so that it can be more accepted.”
The Canadian Centre of Autism and Related Disorders (CCAD) says there are approximately 20,000 children and adolescents with autism in Canada.
In 2016, they estimated that about one in 10,000 were living with the condition.
“We have the most people living with autism with this condition and we need to understand the causes and how they are being misdiagnosed,” Dr. Michael Segal, chair of the CCAD board, told The Canadian Press.
“A lot of this is about stigma, a lot of it is about lack of education and lack of support.”
Segal also said there is “no evidence” that autism can be “fixed” with medication.
The diagnosis and the treatment are both complex and require a lot more research.
The Canadian Association of Pediatricians and Adolescent Psychiatrists recommends a child with ASD be referred to a special needs specialist for an assessment.
The CCAD says autism can lead to an increase in the number of medications a child is prescribed, and that there are “significant risk factors for the development of autism”.
“It’s not a diagnosis of a specific disorder.
It’s not an assessment of a particular individual.
It doesn’t provide the right tools to manage the person,” Segal told CBC in 2016, adding that autism does not have a cure.
“There are a lot different things that could be done,” Seegal said.
“And we need more funding to make sure we’re getting that right.”
A special needs advocacy group, Autism Ontario, says that a growing number of children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
“This is a growing problem, and we want to ensure that every child is seen as a child who is special,” says spokesperson Rebecca Calkins.
Autism Ontario also recommends that all children with ASD receive a physical assessment and follow the recommendations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for identifying symptoms, such as social withdrawal, at the age of 10 years old or later.
The province also says it supports families who are experiencing difficulties with their child.
“Parents, carers and teachers should know how to support their child’s social development,” Calkens said in 2016 when the government started to make more research available to the public.
Autism spectrum disorder can be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental and behavioural factors, which can affect the brain and nervous system.
However, autism is considered the most common cause of autism, according to the Autism Society of Canada.
About 10% of children with autism are diagnosed in the US, where the diagnosis rates have been higher.