Autism is a developmental disability that effects a person’s ability to properly understand what they see, hear, and otherwise sense. Autism primarily affects communication. People with autism typically have difficulty understanding verbal and nonverbal communication and learning appropriate ways of relating to people and, objects, and events. Autism spectrum disorders are the third most common developmental disability following mental retardation and epilepsy. One in every 100 American children has an autism spectrum disorder. Every day, 50 new families face a diagnosis of autism. One in every four American families has a loved one living with autism. It is four times more prevalent in males than females. Autism occurs in all races and socioeconomic classes. Family income, lifestyle, or education do not affect whether or not a child will be born with autism.
What are the Characteristics of Autism?
Characteristics may differ markedly from person to person, but will usually include the following:
HELPFUL HINTS for interacting with someone who has autism: