For those who wonder what is being autistic like, autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.
The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize.
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What Is Being Autistic? This is the Dictionary definition:
Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from Greek autos ‘self’ + -ism .
What Is Being Autistic?
U.S. estimates autism now being diagnosed in 1 in 50 kids
NEW YORK — A U.S. government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.
Health officials say the new number doesn’t mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.
The earlier government estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.