Talking About Autism

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Try to imagine what it would be like if you could not talk. How would you tell a teacher or your parents that you needed to use the bathroom? What if your stomach was upset, or you had a headache? Suppose you were just hungry?

This is what many kids who have autism struggle with every day. Even kids with autism who can talk may have a difficult time saying what they’re thinking. Imagine how frustrating that must be!

Today, 1 of every 68 children in the United States is diagnosed as autistic. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder. Do you know autistic kids in your school or neighborhood?

Every child is different

The disorder affects everyone differently. Some people can speak very well others don’t speak at all. Some can focus on one or two favorite subjects but can’t concentrate on anything else. One child might be very sensitive to noise; another might be bothered by certain types of light.

What is autism?

Autism is a disability in the brain that affects how certain skills develop. For instance, people with autism may have trouble communicating with other people. They may not understand the way others interact with each other, such as with body language or jokes.

People with autism can be overly sensitive to certain stimuli, such as noise or touch.

Other problems

Autistic kids can have physical problems too such as seizures and allergies. They may have trouble digesting food or sleeping.

Scientists and doctors have not been able to figure out what causes the disorder. Researchers are working to discover not only the cause, but also better ways to treat autism and help people with it.

Credits

Thanks to The Mini Page for writing the article; Universal Press Syndicate (Uclick) for publishing the article; Orange County Register for including The Mini Page in its newspaper; Google for helping me find the article and picture; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

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