What is Autism?

Autism Canada describes Autism as follows:

“Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological condition that can affect the normal function of the gastrointestinal, immune, hepatic, endocrine and nervous systems. It impacts normal brain development leaving most individuals with communication problems, difficulty with typical social interactions and a tendency to repeat specific patterns of behaviour. There is also a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interests.”

Every single person with Autism may be different and may be affected by the disorder in a different way. Although there is no definitive consensus of the origin of Autism, there may be different factors attributing to the disorder such as a combination of environmental and genetic factors, among others. Individuals with Autism should be treated accordingly to their needs, and treatment plans should be customized specifically to each individual.

What you can do:

We highly recommend individuals to learn about possible treatments for individuals with Autism such as ABA/IBI Therapy, community integration programs, and more. If you are a parent, it is recommended to receive parent training to be able to better understand your child’s needs and work to increase success.
Individuals with Autism should always be respected and should never be treated in a discriminatory way, but insteadwith kindness and an open-mind. Like all people, individuals with Autism need love, understanding, patience, and support from their friends and family.

Learn more about Autism:

Terrace Autism therapy’s frequently asked questions: http://terracewellness.com/faq/#autism

Autism Canada: http://autismcanada.org/about-autism/

Autism Speaks: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

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