1. Impairment of social interaction
2. Impairment of social communication
3. Impairment of imagination
In addition, the following observations are often made in individuals with autism:
- Delays in development of language
- Inconsistent patterns of sensory responses (egs: apparent insensitivity to pain; an apparent deafness at times, yet distress at certain everyday sounds like a dog barking; over-reaction to being touched)
- Uneven patterns of intellectual functioning/ special (savant) abilities in certain areas, yet poor development in other areas
- Marked restriction of interests and activities/ tendency towards repetitive stereotyped activities.
The best part of the site was the FAQ. These were the questions I needed answers to when we first found out, and questions I needed polite answers to for others. Questions like;
- Is autism caused by bad parenting?
- Is it a mental illness?
- Is it the same as mental retardation?
- Do they look different? (I know my sister loves this one!)
Short quick answer for me to give in order to keep it polite...NO!
I still stand by what I said in the previous post that autism is personal. What is said about one person with autism can not necessarily be said about another. What one family goes through in their daily lives are not always what another family goes through. What helps my son may not help your child and vice versa.
Yet I have another explaination as well. Autism is what makes it so emotional when my 3 yr old son, with out being prompted or had it said to him first tells me "I wuv you" when I dropped him off at school this morning.