The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supplies data that suggests 1 percent of all 8 year olds will soon be diagnosed with autism.
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects the ability of the person from responding to their environment and other people in socially acceptable ways. The Centers for Disease Control states that 1 of 110 children are born with the syndrome. It affects all ethnicities and social classes, although boys are more prone to the disorder than girls. Children are generally diagnosed between the ages of 4.5 to 5.5 but some with milder symptoms may go undiagnosed until later. An 8-year-old with autism on a playground full of children may appear withdrawn and uncomfortable with the activity and noise rather than being engaged by it.
According to Education.com, a typical 8-year-old enjoys social interaction, will work to create friendships and is capable of having close friends. Some childrn with autism on the other hand, dislike being in the company of their peers, struggle with the concept of friendship and are generally unable to return the emotion.
The Centers for Disease Control states that an 8-year-old child with autism does not understand the concept of personal space, battles with the idea of taking turns and will often interact with others only to achieve a desired goal, rather than for the joy of friendship.
As described my Education.com, an 8-year-old will make an effort to obtain friends and have the ability to develop close friendships, and enjoy the company of other children.