What is Autism?
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first 3 years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.
Autism is a spectrum disorder.
It affects each individual differently and at varying degrees. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.
Signs to look for:
- Child tunes others out.
- Child has challenging behaviors.
- Speech and Language Delay
- Child has odd movement patterns (i.e. flapping hands)
- Child does not know how to play with toys.
- Child does not respond to their name.
- Child shows unusual attachment to toys/rigid schedules.
- Little to no eye contact.
Did you know?
- Currently, there is no cure or medical detection for autism.
- According to the CDC, autism now affects 1 in 110 children.
- It affects 1 in 70 boys.
- Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States.
- Autism receives 5% less of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
- Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.
Source: The Shape of Behavior