Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.
There is no known single cause for autism, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus neuro-typical children. Researchers are investigating a number of theories, including the link between heredity, genetics and medical problems. In many families, there appears to be a pattern of autism or related disabilities, further supporting a genetic basis to the disorder. While no one gene has been identified as causing autism, researchers are searching for irregular segments of genetic code that children with autism may have inherited.
Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes
1 in every 110 amercian children is now affected by AutismIn every 70 boys is affected This is a 600 percent increase in just the past 20 yearsFragile X syndrome is the most common known single gene cause of autism. For between 2% and 6% of all children diagnosed with autism, the cause is the Fragile X gene mutation.
Your special needs child has the right to a free and appropriate education. The individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was first enacted in 1975 and most recently revised in 2004, mandates that each state provide all eligible children with a public education that meets their individual needs.Special education services pick up where early intervention services leave off, at age 3. Your local school district provides these services through their special education department.
A child’s autism diagnosis affects every member of the family in different ways. Parents/caregivers must now place their primary focus on helping their child with ASD, which may put strains on their marriage, other children, work, finances, and personal relationships and responsibilities. Parents now have to shift much of their resources of time and money towards providing treatment and interventions for their child, to the exclusion of other priorities
This a a video is about mothers sharing their daily struggle dealing with their children who have autism.
Autism<br />By: Samantha Stremich<br />
Definition of Autism <br /><ul><li>Complex Disability
Finances </li></li></ul><li>Understanding Symptoms <br />When a person with autism walked into the room, he notices things that aren't’ as relevant-the sound coming from outside the window, a pattern in the carpet, a flickering light bulb,” Dawson tells WebMD. “He’s missing out on the relevant details that would help him understand the situation. So for him, the world is a lot more confusing.”<br />
Children with Autism<br />gauntlet.ucalgary.ca<br />http://www.autismawarenessonline.com<br />