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Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder.  It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Today one in 158 individuals is diagnosed with ASD.  It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups, and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls.  ASD impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others.  It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive quite often socially unacceptable behaviours, that can be accompanied by aggressive outbursts.  Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe.  As there is no life span limitation for autism – care is needed for the rest of their lives.


People with Autism are, in many instances, excluded from the few residential facilities for the learning disabled, on account of their specific needs for an environment that is sympathetic to the nature of their disability.  The nature of Autism imposes major demands in terms of routines, communication processes, physical structure and access to expertise to cope with this demanding and puzzling disorder.  While facilities for Autistic children are extremely limited, there are far more available to these ‘boys’ – it is when they become adults that the options become virtually non-existent.



WHAT IS AUTISM?


EARLY INDICATIONS OF AUTISM

Early communication and language difficulties Poor eye contact

Lack of social interaction

Repetitive odd behaviour

Lack of or inappropriate facial expressions

Uses gestures to communicate needs

Disturbed sleeping patterns

Does not respond positively to affection

Could appear to be hearing impaired

Obsessive about some things

Oblivious to danger

High tolerance to pain

Over activity

Emotional outbursts for no reason

Echoes or repeats words

Hates change

Short interest or attention span

Could be fussy eaters

Inability to play with toys