By: Jade Stollings

What is Autism?

Autism is a disorder that affects development of the brain. Symptoms of the disorder normally appear when the child is 3 years old. Children with autism may experience what they see taste smell hear or touch more strongly than normal. Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike.)

How do people with autism feel?

Some people say that they feel like a zombie always moving forward and never changing. Some people with autism say that being autistic effects there relationship with other people. They feel that they are not normal and they sometimes even feel unwanted, or they feel like they are attaching themselves to someone that does not want them.

Autism facts

  • Autism affects 1 in 88 children.
  • Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.
  • About 40% of children with autism do not speak.
  • About 25% - 30% of children with autism have some words of 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood.
  • The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years.
  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder yet most underfunded.
  • A 2008 Danish study found that the mortality risk among with autism was nearly twice that of the general population.
  • Autism is treatable, not a hopeless condition

Effects of autism

People with autism may have speech delay such as little or no language, innapropriate use of language, repetitive speech, or echolalia which means talking by echoing back what is said to him or herself. People with autism also might have unusual obsessions or movements such as self stimulating behaviors, such as hand flapping and repetitive movements. Someone with autism may be bothered by large crowds or noises. People with autism also might not like cuddling, hugging, and other close contact. On the other hand some people with autism may crave deep pressure massages, squeezing and hugging (called sensory seeking.) Some unusual things that bother children that have autism is certain sensations, shoes that don't feel right, and the feel of grass or sand on the feet.