Mental Illnesses: Autism
By Alaina Hostetter and Dimitrios Synnefias
Signs/Symptoms and Who is at Risk
Children would start to have difficulty with social communication, and it is often noticeable when comparing children of the same age. People who are at risk are mostly children around the age of 8, or younger. Boys face about four to five times higher risk than girls.
Doctors and researchers don’t fully understand what causes it, but scientists believe it has something to do with genes and environmental factors.
Types of Behaviors
Types of Related Disorders
Eight disorders are part of or closely related to the Autism spectrum including Angelman Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Lanau-Kleffner Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia, and Williams Syndrome.
Facts and Myths
Myths: People with Autism don't want friends.
Truth: If someone in your class has autism, they probably struggle with social skills, which may make it difficult to interact with peers. They might seem shy or unfriendly, but that's just because he or she is unable to communicate their desire for relationships the same way you do.