Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that typically presents in children between the ages in 18 months to five years of age. Autism currently affects 1 in every 68 children today. It is estimated there are over 3 million people in the United States alone with autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at different levels of severity. Some people with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one-on-one care, and are never able to live independently. While others who have less severe symptoms, can communicate, and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.
People diagnosed with autism process, respond, and interact with information in different ways. In some cases, individuals with autism may not be able to speak, may have self stimulatory behaviors (such as hand flapping, vocal utterances, repetitive behaviors), may be aggressive or be self-injurious. Each individual with autism is affected differently. But like with all people – not all individuals with autism are alike. In fact, very few people with autism have the exact same issues. Very few individuals with autism are affected with all the issues specified below.
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