Here’s a brief overview of the many complexities of Autism.
The CDC estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children.
Boys are 4 times more likely to have autism than girls.
About one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
About one third of people with autism have an intellectual disability (formerly referred to as mental retardation).
Other issues that frequently accompany autism are: epilepsy, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, etc.
Autism greatly varies from person to person.
Individuals with Autism may:
Avoid eye contact and want to be alone.
Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings.
Prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to.
Appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds.
Be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them.
Repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language.
Have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions.
Not play “pretend” games (for example, not pretend to feed a doll).
Repeat actions over and over again.
Have trouble adapting when a routine changes.
Have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel or sound.