What is Autism?

What is Autism? 

Definition: Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that affects how a person thinks, communicates, and interacts with others. It is characterized by a wide range of symptoms and difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive or restricted behaviors.

Clarity: Individuals with autism may have challenges in understanding and responding to social cues, may struggle with verbal and nonverbal communication, and may engage in repetitive behaviors or have specific interests. Autism varies in severity, with some individuals requiring significant support, while others may have fewer challenges. It is a lifelong condition that typically appears in early childhood and continues into adulthood.

Stats: On average, one in every 36 children has autism.

Particularly, in United States has a reported 2.5% in 2014–2016

Boys are about four times more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder than girls.

Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first 2 years of life.

Autism is termed as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience.

People of all genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds can be diagnosed with ASD.

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