Symptoms of Autism

• Difficulty recognizing social cues
• Impulsivity
• Awkward body language
• Social isolation
• Distress over slight changes
• Avoiding eye contact and physical touch
• Aggression
• Abnormal eating or sleeping behaviors
• Fixation on certain objects, to the point of obsession
• Repetition of routine and words or phrases

Causes

The cause of autism is not yet known.

Treatment

Treatment for autism models use of language, appropriate behaviors, and communication. Therapy emphasizes positive social behavior and encourages motivation and environmental interaction. A therapist can help with a client’s academic development and cultivate appropriate behaviors. Applied Behavioral Analysis has shown to be most effective. Treatment for autism is not only beneficial for children, but also helps adults dealing with autism to keep from social isolation.