All parents worry about their childrens health, happiness, and general well-being, but parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities must often make extraordinary efforts to ensure that their sons and daughters are safe both inside and outside the home.
Autism is a developmental disability that generally begins at birth or within the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that changes the way the brain functions –– causing delays or problems in many different skills from infancy to adulthood. For example, both children and adults with autism usually exhibit difficulties in social interaction as well as in verbal and non-verbal communication. They also tend to be interested in repetitive or restricted activities. While the majority of autistic children look completely normal, they differ from other children by engaging in perplexing and distressing behaviors.The three different types of autism spectrum disorders are:
Autistic disorder (also known as “classic” autism). This is the most common condition among the ASDs. It is marked by-
Major Delays In Language,
Difficulties With Social Interactions,
And Unusual Behaviors.
Some people with autistic disorder also have impaired intellectual abilities.