Autism is a disorder causing abnormal behaviours in children starting before the age of 3 years. Children with autism have difficulty communicating with other people and difficulty behaving normally with other children. Autism lasts a lifetime though children with autism can do lots of things and learn skills. There is a form of ‘high functioning’ autism called Asperger syndrome who do not have learning problems but they do have some of the same difficulties that people with autism have.
Some kind of autism occur in about one in every hundred children. Boys are affected far more frequently than girls.
People with autism find it difficult to:
No one is absolutely sure but there are some clues. It is probably inherited in families. There are some things that occur during pregnancy and birth which may lead to complicated changes in the brain. Some people blame certain foods, vaccinations, or heavy metals but none of these has actually been proven to be causes
There are a large range of suggested treatments most of which are still unresearched as to whether they work or not.
Some adults with bad autistic behaviours show improvement but most do not and cannot hold down jobs though their problems may become less severe with age most people with the problem cannot live independently by themselves.