What Is Autism?
Autism and Asperger Syndrome are complex developmental disabilities under the broad heading Pervasive Developmental Disorder. The symptoms and characteristics, including behaviors and intelligence, can be presented in a variety of combinations and levels of severity.
It typically appears by the age of three.
One in 88 children born in the United States today has some form of autism according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2005.
Autism is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of he brain. The exact cause of the disorder is unknown in most cases.
People with autism may have difficulties in any of the following areas:
Autism is four times more common in males than females.
The disability is found throughout the world in families of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
While people with autism share some basic similarities, each person is an individual with different strengths and challenges.
Although autism is not curable, it is treatable. Early and intensive intervention can ensure the brightest possible future for people with autism.