What Is Autism? Symptoms, Causes, Tests, Treatment, and More
Autism is a complex developmental disorder that impacts social skills, speech and language development, and can present as repetitive behaviors.
Autism spectrum disorders are typically diagnosed in children before the age of three years old.
It is not curable, but there are many effective treatments that can allow a child with autism to live a happy and productive life.
A child who is diagnosed with autism has an impaired ability to communicate.
This can be seen in the way they talk and interact socially, as well as their unusually repetitive behaviors like rocking back and forth or flapping their arms.
Autism also affects a person’s life by making it difficult for them to go outside of routines that are established- such as changes in clothing before going out into public spaces, which causes anxiety because they’re not sure what people will think about how different these children appear from others around them.
As defined by IDEA, autism refers to “a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication social interaction”; this federal definition then proceeds onto list traits commonly related: Other characteristics often associated with autism include engaging in repetitive behaviors, unusual sensory interests and specific patterns of behavior.
In this post we will discuss common traits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including communication difficulties, unusual behaviors or interests, repetitive movements or patterns of behavior and learning problems.
We’ll also take an in-depth look at what it’s like for parents raising children on the autistic spectrum!