What is Autism
It is characterized as a “spectrum condition“, meaning that the level of impairment and symptoms vary from person to person.
- Delayed learning of language
- Difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation
- Narrow, intense interests
- Poor motor skills
- Sensory sensitivities
- Difficulty with executive functioning (a set of mental skills that include Working memory, flexible thinking, & self-control)
It’s important to remember that a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorder is applied based on an analysis of all behaviors and their severity.
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The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in every 36 children in the United States will receive an Autism diagnosis.
When a child’s development doesn’t seem to match what is considered typical, parents and other care providers often seek out assistance from medical professionals, psychologists and educators.
It can be hard to identify Autism because many people on the spectrum display symptoms such as difficulty with sensory processing, hearing or vision issues, and intellectual disabilities; additionally, up to 47% of adults with Autism have co-occurring health problems.
Nonetheless, correct identification is important as it lays the groundwork for specialized support. Much conjecture exists about the root cause of Autism however scientists generally accept that it is due to brain structure or functionality abnormalities.
Children deserve to live in safe, nurturing homes where they can feel valued and loved.
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