What is Autism?<br />Autism is a developmental disability.<br />This means they experience the world differently than you do.<br />They may play differently, communicate differently and even have different interests.<br />But that’s OK!! Because our friend with autism still does many things just like you: sleep, eat, go to the doctor, go to school, etc.<br />Autism is NOT like a cold- it does not just go away. <br />
What makes everyone different?<br />*Some children develop differently than others and their brains function differently.<br />*Some kids are mildly affected by their brain working differently and aren’t that much different from you!<br />*Other kids may need a lot of help from you, their teachers and parents.<br />
But WHY are we all different?<br />?<br />*Some doctors think the reason your brain might be different from your friend with autism could be a link between: genetics and a medical problem.<br />*Everyone is made up of many different genes and genes make up your DNA. Someone with autism might have some genes that may affect their brain development.<br />*While some doctors think it could be related to genes and medical conditions, other think it could also be due to toxins in the environment.<br />So there isn’t one answer that can explain why your friend or someone you know has autism, but there are 3 possibilities:<br />genes, medical conditions and environmental toxins<br />?<br />
I know why we are all different, but is there a cure for my friend with autism?<br />*The answer to that question is No, there is no cure for Autism<br />*With the help of doctors, teachers, family, friends and YOU, the person with autism can lead a normal life!<br />*It is important to be very kind and understanding of our friends with autism. Wanting to learn more about our friend with autism is a GREAT first step <br />
Fun facts and statistics!!<br />*1 in every 110 babies are born with autism.<br />*1 in 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.<br />*1 percent of kids around your age, 3-17, have an autism spectrum disorder in the United States.<br />*Autism is growing- and fast! (at a rate of 10-17% a year).<br />*In the next decade, there could be as many as 4 million Americans who will have an autism spectrum disorder.<br /><ul><li>Autism Society. (2003,2006). Facts and Statistics. Retrieved March 10, 2010, from Autism society: Improving the lives of all affected by autism: http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis_factsstats</li></li></ul><li>MORE fun facts and statistics!!<br />*There are five different types of autism disorders.<br />*Autism is the most common type of pervasive developmental disorders.<br />*More boys than girls will have an autism spectrum disorder (about 4 boys to 1 girl).<br />*Autism can affect any child,regardlessof where you live, what type of school you go to, what grade you are in, your race or ethnicity.<br />Autism Society. (2009, June 5). What is autism? Retrieved March 10, 2010, from Autism society: Improving the lives of all affected by autism: http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis<br />
Questions to ask your teacher<br /><ul><li>What is a developmental disability?