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It is estimated that 32,500,000 people have autism in the world. Many people, however, don’t understand what that means. This article is meant to provide an indroductory look at what autism is.
Autism is a neurological development disorder. It is primarily noticed by four main symptoms.
Impaired social behavior
Autism impairs individuals from developing socially in the same way that others do. They smile less, don’t make much eye contact and lack response to social stimulation.
Probably the most easily noticed, this symptom occurs in both the body: head-rolling, hand-waving, etc; and in actions: arranging items in a certain, almost as if to certain set rules.
A lack of communication skills in common in autistic people; tantrums are common and other infantile outburts due to the retarded growth of interpersonal skills. It is extremely important that those who deal with autistic people are patient and loving.
Change can sometimes be very upsetting to those with autism. An almost ritualistic approach and a dedication to order are common.
While none of these by themselves are definite signs of autism, seen together they usually signal something awry. Autism has no known cure at this time. Some people have been known to overcome autism. If you or someone close to you has autism, it is recommended you meet with a physician to determine what needs to be done to alleviate the situation as best as possible. When dealing with an autistic person, again, patience and an outpouring of love are absolutely essential. It should be remembered that an autistic person has not fully developed, despite whatever their size or age may be, and are not on the same mental level as others of their age.