Jose Pedro Flores
Facts on Autism
Autism is a mental disorder that is characterized by repetitive behavior and a seriously impaired ability to communicate and interact with others. It is treatable. Autism is also a developmental disability caused by a neurological disorder. Which interferes with normal brain functioning. It is the third most common developmental disability. It is more common than Down's syndrome, and becomes obvious from birth to the age of three. Symptoms include slow or no language development; avoidance of or excessive need for physical contact. Repetitive body movements such as rocking and or head banging; fixation on a single object; extremely passive, aggressive, or often self injurious behavior; temper tantrums for no obvious reason. Little or no response to social cues such as smiles or eye contact. Over sensitivity to touch, or the inability to feel pain. About ten percent of autistic people have savant skills, such as remarkable mathematical ability or special talents in art and music. Autism affects approximately fifteen of every ten thousand individuals, three to four times as many males as females, and people of all races. Evidence suggests several causes, including genetics, biochemistry, viruses, toxins, pollutants, and seizures. Autistic people live normal life spans and, while there is no cure, symptoms can be alleviated to varying degrees and may change or disappear over time. There are many misconceptions about autism. Some may say it is a form of mental retardation. The truth is autistic people display a broad spectrum of intelligence levels. Many are extremely gifted in certain areas but unable to comprehend the simplest behaviors or facts.
My way of Thinking about Autism
Imagine you walk into a classroom and you see a child sitting alone at...