What is autism? A lot of people have a misunderstanding of Autism based on pop culture references like the movie Rainman. You can search many different sites and you will get a lot of different and at times conflicting information about the disorder. Autism is what they consider a spectrum disorder. There isn't one size fits all when it comes to Autism especially when it comes down to causes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that there are many suspected causes of Autism, but there is no solid research that shows that any of them are the cause. Many different sources say that diet is a factor and that changing a diet can improve symptoms. The one thing that everyone can agree on is that Autism is a neurological disorder.

Wikipedia gives a very good overview on the definition of Autism as well as a wealth of references on where they obtained their information. Until you have known someone with Autism it is hard to really understand how it varies from person to person. Having a son with Autism I have met many children who are on different levels of the spectrum.

With is being a spectrum disorder it is good to know what that consists of. Parents Magazine has a very brief list on the different types of Autism, but it does not touch on the varying levels of each of these classifications. National Institure of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has an excellent list of resources on where you can find more information about Autism.

One thing they all seem to have in common is a need for some kind of order in their lives. Many of them also like to line things up.They seem to function better when there is a schedule in their lives. Change is harder for them to adapt to than most other children. A small interuption in their schedule can send them into a downward spiral that can lead to tantrums and intense frustration.

There are many support groups out there now for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Awareness of the disorder is growing every day and these organizations help support the awareness of them. Autism Speaks and the Autism Society are two of the more well known advocates that people can find information and resources. There are also many local organizations that you can find such as the Autism Society of North Carolina

There are fundraising events all the time for different organizations for research and aid for families of those with Autism. One of the best things that we can do for these people is to educate ourselves and advocate for those that cannot always help themselves. With more and more children being diagnosed every year there needs to be continued improvement in our schools and support from the government on giving these people the ability to have a future where they can live and work. Autism is not a disease that needs to be cured. There is nothing wrong with people on the Autism Spectrum. They are unique and intelligent people who do not need to be fixed as much as we as a society need to learn how to understand them.

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