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Autism is a brain disorder that typically affects a person’s ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the environment. Some people with autism are relatively high-functioning, with speech and intelligence intact. Others are non-verbal, or have serious language delays. For some, autism makes them seem closed off and shut down; others seem locked into repetitive behaviors and rigid patterns of thinking.
Although people with autism do not have exactly the same symptoms and deficits, they tend to share certain social, communication, motor, and sensory problems that affect their behavior in predictable ways.

Behaviors of Children With Autism

Children with Autism:
* Avoid eye contact
* Seem deaf
* Start developing language, then abruptly stop talking altogether
Social relationships:
* Act as if unaware of the coming and going of others
* Physically attack and injure others without provocation
* Inaccessible, as if in a shell
Exploration of environment:
* Remain fixated on a single item or activity
* Practice strange actions like rocking or hand-flapping
* Sniff or lick toys
* Show no sensitivity to burns or bruises, and engage in self-mutilation, such as eye gouging

Problems in social relatedness and communication.

(Difficulty in mixing with other children; prefers to be alone; aloof manner; difficulty in expressing needs; uses gestures or pointing instead of words ).
Abnormal responses to one or a combination of senses; such as sight, hearing, touch, balance, smell, taste, and reaction to pain.
Sustained odd play.
Uneven gross/ fine motor skills.
Not responsive to verbal cues; acts as deaf.
Little or no eye contact.
Insistence on sameness; resist changes in routine.
Noticeable physical over activity or extreme under activity.
Tantrums; displays extreme distress for no apparent reason.
Speech and language absence or delays.
Inappropriate laughing and giggling.
Echolalia (repeating words or phrases in place of normal language).
Abnormal ways of relating to people, objects and events. (Inappropriate attachment to objects; doesn’t seek cuddling )
Spins objects


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  • 1 in 48 children is diagnosed with autism
  • 1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • 67 children are diagnosed per day
  • A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation over $90 billion per year, a figure expected to double in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism


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