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What is Autism
What Is Autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s social communication skills, fine and gross motor skills, speech, intellectual ability and behavior and some children also experience sensory processing difficulty which includes unusual sensitivity to light, sound, smell, taste, and/or sensory cravings.
Why Is It Called A Spectrum
Why is it called a Spectrum? It is generally called a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms which explains why some children are described as mild, moderate, or severe autistic although you can have a combination of mild and sever symptoms whereby a child can be very intelligent and verbal but have severe symptoms of anxiety and sensory dysfunction
People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors though not in all case but in most cases.
However, there is no established medical cure for autism but there are many effective treatments such as intensive behavioral, developmental, speech and occupational therapy. It can be diagnosed at any age, but symptoms generally appear in the first 2 – 3 years of life and there is no identified cause for it.
ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and cultural groups. Although it is said to be a lifelong disorder, early intervention, treatments and services can improve a child’s ability to function optimally. It is imperative to note that autism is neither a mental illness nor a condition that gets worse over time. In fact, almost every person with autism grows and matures over time, particularly with intensive treatment.
A diagnosis of autism can be overwhelming, it can even be frightening. But it’s important to know that with Early Intervention, Treatment and Services, it is more than possible to live well with autism. You need to work with schools, therapists to support your children