Autism is a neurological disorder (a “brain” disease) characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. People on the autism spectrum also tend to demonstrate odd or socially inappropriate behaviors. They frequently show little interest in others and remain isolated from their surroundings. Many obsess or fixate on certain objects or on specific topics that they find personally interesting.
Types of Autism:
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Pervasive Development Disorder PDD
Understanding the unique challenges presented by each type of autism will guide you in helping your child cope with the disorder.