Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. It usually becomes apparent in early childhood and can persist throughout an individual's life.
Children with autism may have difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, such as maintaining eye contact, using gestures, and understanding social cues. They may also struggle with social interaction, such as making friends, playing with others, and sharing interests.
Autism can also affect a child's behavior, leading to repetitive behaviors or interests, hyperactivity, and sensory sensitivities. They may also have difficulty adapting to changes in routine or new situations.
Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that the severity and range of symptoms can vary widely between individuals. Some children with autism may have relatively mild symptoms and be able to function independently, while others may require significant support throughout their lives.
There is no known cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention, as well as individualized therapy and support, can help children with autism develop communication, social, and behavioral skills and lead fulfilling lives.
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