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What is Autism ?

Autism (sometimes called "classical autism") is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests.

What is the prevalence of Autism ?

Autism is the most common of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders, affecting an estimated 1 in 146 births.

What are some common characteristics of Autism ?

Insistence on sameness; resistance to change

Difficulty in expressing needs, instead of using gestures or pointing. Repeating words or phrases in place of normal, responsive language

Prefers to be alone; aloof manner

Laughing, crying, showing distress for reasons not apparent to others

Little or no eye contact

Tantrums

Difficulty in mixing with others

May not want to cuddle or be cuddled

Sustained odd play

Unresponsive to normal teaching methods

Spins objects

Uneven gross/fine motor skills

Not responsive to verbal cues, seems deaf although hearing tests in normal range

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