autism - mental disorder marked by impaired ability to communicate and form social relationships and by repetitive behavior patterns
communication, social interaction, interests, autism
social communication, social interaction, social imagination, autism spectrum
autism spectrum - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) afffects individuals in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe. ASD is a neurological condition that affects the way a person experiences and interacts with the world.
social interaction, communication, activities and interests
triad of impairments, difficulty with communication, social interaction, and imagination, what's going on?
Autistic Spectrum Conditions, The Triad of Impairments
Impairment in Imagination - Deficits in flexible thinking regarding interests, routines, perspectives, and rules
Impairments in Social Relationships - Deficits in understanding how to behave and interact with other people
Impairments in Social Communication - Deficits in ability to communicate effectively with other people
Additional Difficulties - For example, sensory difficulties, mental health difficulties, physical difficulties, etc.
Autism: Triad of Impairments, social interaction, communication, repetitive behavior, restricted interests
What is Autism? The so called "triad of impairment" summarises the difficulties of the autistic child but the actual manifestation of these can vary.
Social and Communication Challenges, Sensory Issues, Behavioral Challenges, Intellectual Challenges and Differences, Splinter and "Savant" Skills, Perseveration
Genes vs. environment. More and more scientific evidence points to genetics as the cause of autism, though scientists note that itís likely there is no single cause. A number of popular theories about what causes autism exist in the public mindset, and include factors such as parental age (of the father as well as of the mother), TV, the levels of precipitation in the area, ultrasounds, and poisoning from heavy metals, and this list only seems to grow. In recent years, the hypothesis that vaccines or something in vaccines, such as mercury via the preservative thimerosal, can be linked to autism has received a great deal of attention, due in no small part to the efforts of various organizations who advocate for so-called "vaccine safety" and who claim that autism is actually "mercury poisoning." The scientific evidence continues to refute these hypotheses, and also to suggest that different combinations of factors can be linked to different manifestations of autism spectrum disorders.
In the end, focusing on what causes autism diverts attention away from considering issues of pressing concern to actual autistic persons and their families today, such as housing, employment and long-term supports for individuals who will need such.