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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental disability, meaning that there is no cure for Autism, leaving the child with Autism to become an adult with Autism. Exact causes are as yet undetermined, no one cause accounts for all cases of Autism, although much research is being carried out regarding the role that genetics and environmental factors play in Autism.

People with Autism have, over many decades, not only suffered from personal inflictions, but have been marginalized and discriminated against by society. Current statistics are concerning: approximately 1 in 67 children is born with Autism.

As Autism is an incurable lifelong disability. Although societal integration of people with disabilities remains a primary objective, the nature of Autism as a disability does not always allow social participation by the person with Autism, and might be overwhelming and unbearable. Families are bound by the preferences and behaviour of the person with Autism, causing major adaptations and constant sacrifices.

Life with Autism is exceptionally challenging, all involved parties are often anxious and concerned as few moments or expectations have any certainty.

A person with Autism is affected in four core developmental areas:

  • Social Communication: Speech, understanding of language, body language and conversation are affected. 40% of people with "Kanner / Classic Autism" never speak or understand verbal communication. Even people across the full spectrum, who develop speech, might experience severe problems understanding the normal process of reciprocal communication. 

  • Social Interaction: Difficulty in interactions, forming friendships and relationships and/or showing empathy. People with Autism, due to the altered chemistry and function within the brain, literally cannot fully understand other people‚Äôs emotions, reactions and the complexity of social relationships (mind blind). This can result is people with Autism reacting inappropriately by our "normal standards", and thus being shunned by society.

  • Social Imagination & Behaviour: Repetitive & restricted interests and behaviour, rigid thinking, and resistance to change. 

  • Sensory Processing: Hyper- or hypo-responsive to sensory input. The way in which people with Autism experience or interpret the world around them affects their behaviour and their ways of relating to the world.