Recent Examples of autism from the Web
This is the second in an occasional series on how theater is exploring autism and connecting with people on the spectrum.
The frenzied reaction was certainly justifiable: Kennedy is a full-on conspiracy theorist who, like the president, has long believed that vaccines are linked to autism and other disorders, despite all evidence to the contrary.
So Close to Great—Sophie Gilbert thinks the Netflix series about a high-school senior with autism is warmhearted, funny, and totally inconsistent.
According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.
Austin said 33 students identified as being on the autism spectrum are in non-public placement.
Bosch has autism, and also suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that leads to tumors on the nerve tissues.
Flowing hair pulled back in a headband, Schlossberg participated in the Sea Paddle, a 25-mile race around the island that raises funds for environmental preservation and several autism non-profits.
There was a good match only between the gene activity of the nonresponsive bees and genes associated with autism, the team reports.
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Did You Know?
Autism, in its strict sense, becomes evident before the age of 3. The autistic child generally refuses to talk, becomes obsessive about toys, resists any change vehemently, and sometimes flies into unexplained rages. Autism is believed to be biological in origin, and seems to be related to several milder conditions such as Asperger's syndrome. As many as 1 in 100 children, mostly boys, may have autism, Asperger's, or a related condition. About one in ten autistic children turns out to have a remarkable mental gift, such as the ability to play a difficult piece on the piano after a single hearing or repair a complex machine without any training. Many autistic children seem to grow out of it as they become adults, and some autistic adults manage to live independently. Autistic is sometimes used loosely to describe a much more common kind of psychological withdrawal in adults.
medical Definition of autism
- But more than 60 years after it was first identified, autism remains mystifying and stubbornly difficult to treat. About the only thing parents, doctors and policy makers agree on is that the best chance for autistic children to develop social and language skills is to enroll them in some type of intensive behavioral therapy.
- —Benedict Carey, The New York Times, 27 Dec. 2004
- Although the chief diagnostic signs of autism are social isolation, lack of eye contact, poor language capacity and absence of empathy, other less well known symptoms are commonly evident. Many people with autism have problems understanding metaphors, sometimes interpreting them literally. They also have difficulty miming other people's actions.
- —Vilayanur S. Ramachandran et al., Scientific American, November 2006
- In approximately 10% of patients, autism can be explained by genetic syndromes and known chromosomal anomalies …
- —Lauren A Weiss et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 14 Feb. 2008
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