What is Autism?

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, is an umbrella label based on behavioral symptoms. Identifying symptoms include: self-isolation, self-stimulating repetitive behaviors, fixation on certain objects or topics, need for routines and sameness, language deficiency, and rage or self-injury behaviors, with the most prominent characteristic being the lack of social motivation and skills. Many individuals with autism share similar physiological conditions, which are sometimes termed "comorbid" conditions.  It is possible for an individual's autistic symptoms to improve, through therapeutic and medical interventions.

Demystifying Autism

  • Individuals with autism are NOT mentally retarded, but just socially challenged.
  • They do NOT have lower I.Q., but just a more complex and thus slower process for receiving information and sensory inputs.
  • They do NOT have deficit in comprehending language, but just challenge in expressing their thoughts and emotions.
  • They are NOT insensitive to their surroundings, but are just overwhelmed and withdrawn due to their extraordinary sensitivity to stimulations.
  • Children are NOT born with autism.  The onset of autism for a normally developing child is usually within the first 3 years. 
  • Autism in NOT incurable.  Proper early interventions often lead to significant improvements.