The word Autism has been in use for about 100 years however it has taken decades for public recognition. Today everyone is familiar with the term but not everyone knows what the diagnosis means.
According to Pub Med Health "Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. Autism is a physical condition linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain."
Symptoms of Autism may include and are not limited to the following:
- Difficulty starting or maintaining a conversation and may use gestures instead of words while avoiding eye contact.
- Repetitive behaviors including body movements and memorized words often referred to as perseveration.
- Limited or no social interaction with others, often withdrawn preferring to spend time alone.
- 5 senses may have heightened sensitivity causing over stimulation.
- Short attention span and limited interests
- Upset behavior when routine is changed or placed in unfamiliar situations/settings.
National awareness has made it possible for individuals to receive the help and support they need. A range of therapies are available including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, ABA Therapy and Hippotherapy at national and state levels.
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