Autism is a developmental disorder, characterized by qualitative impairments of social
interaction and communication, and the presence of repetitive/restrictive activities
or interests. Children generally present within a broad range; from the severely
impaired who may be silent, aloof, have a low IQ, locked into motor stereotypes,
and self-injury, to the high functioning individual with pedantic and verbose communication,
active but odd social approach, and rarified special interests.
First Reliable Signs of Autism
Lack of joint attention
Lack of pretend play
Unresponsive to name
Increased sensitivity to touch from others
80% of those diagnosed with Autism are male
- In the 1980’s it was formerly considered a rare condition affecting only 1-4
in 10000 children.
- The newest CDC statistics state it is now evident in 1 in 88 children.
- From 1992-2003 the cumulative growth had been 805%.