High Functioning Autism(HFA) is a term applied to people within the autism spectrum who have a “higher functioning” IQ (70 or greater) than other individuals with ASD.
Sometimes, it can be hard to spot it in younger children. However, today we want to share with you a small list that can help you identify some early signs of it.
9 Early Signs of High Functioning Autism
Avoids Crowds: Most children on the spectrum dislike crowded places due to sensory issues. Large crowds represent lots of noise, which can be overwhelming.
Specific Interest: High functioning autistic children have very narrow areas of interest. If your son likes trains, he might be able to watch only Thomas the Train, and at the same time, he rejects everything that is not related to that.
Neologisms: Neologism is basically the creation of new words to define regular objects or situations. Your child might make up words for items, places, cartoons, or even body parts.
Avoids Smelly Stuff: Autistic children can have extreme reactions to smells or odors due to sensory sensitivities. Therefore, it can manifest in the avoidance of pools, dislike of meals, or even rejection of people with strong perfumes.
Frequent Ear Infections: Children within the autism spectrum are 10 times more likely to have ear abnormalities than neurotypical children during the first 3 years of infancy, so make sure to pay attention to ear issues and ear tube drainage.
Wants Things His/Her Own Way: Many times, when parents have not yet found out about their child’s diagnosis, they might confuse this kind of behavior with tantrums, when in reality the child is having an autistic meltdown.
Tip* Taking your child out of the “stressful” situation usually helps to calm children down within minutes. Your child might be feeling overstimulated because of people, noise, colors, etc, and a quick walk or moment of peace can make the whole difference for them.
Baby Bottle Requirements: Many children on the spectrum find it hard to shift from bottle to glass when it comes to drinking. The reason for this is the coordination issues and problems with motor skills. If you notice that your child is 18 months or older and still faces issues with glasses, this can be an indicator.
Sensory Issues: Aversion to certain fabrics, smells, textures, tastes, etc, can point to sensory sensitivities. If you notice that your child cries while walking barefoot on the grass, or can not stand to wear specific textiles, sensory issues might be the ones to blame.
Rejects Affection: Everybody can reject a hug when he/she is not in the mood. However, for autistic children, affectionate expressions such as kisses, cuddling, or hugging can be overwhelming. If you notice that your child is constantly avoiding closeness, it can be another indicator of HFA.
Note: Although these are some common indicators of HFA, we highly recommend you seek professional support if your child has not been professionally diagnosed.
Stem Cell Therapy For Autism
Stem Cell Therapy has been growing dramatically during the last decade.
The reason for this is due to the fact that it is being scientifically proven to enhance the body’s own mechanism of healing and recovery.
In autism, stem cell therapy is mainly geared to address issues with the immune system, the neurological system, and the gastrointestinal system.
Immune System: It is well known that stem cells can regulate the immune function by secreting specific cytokines (cytokines are substances that allow cells to communicate with other cells) which regulate the expression of inflammatory substances and down–regulate the immune system.
Digestive System: In terms of the gut, stem cells can arrive at specific sites in the gut lining where permeability is an issue and help regenerate the gaps between each of the cells thus preventing the “leakage” of foreign substances (which trigger inflammation) into the bloodstream.
Nervous System: Inside the central nervous system, stem cells can help the brain regain some of its plasticity by reconnecting specific clusters of neurons and facilitating the “installation” of new behaviors.
At WSCC, our therapies are done with maximum safety and a higher standard of excellence and professionalism. None of our patients have ever presented major effects and 90% of parents report significant improvements a month after the therapy.
Remember, when it comes to autism improvement, early intervention is KEY. Contact us today and unleash your child’s potential with SCT!
At WSCC, we offer support for autistic families and their children with Stem Cell Therapy treatments that can transform autistic conditions by healing the gut, decreasing inflammation, and improving brain function. We also created an on Facebook that is destined to offer support and companionship for ASD parents and their families on their journey.
Remember, you are not alone!