According to Google’s dictionary, autism is a mental condition present from early childhood that is characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
Everyone on the autism spectrum is different. They have a different level of functionality, different needs, and require different treatment methods. Autism affects around 1 out of 68 children, but it is more common in boys than in girls. Many children on the autism spectrum excel intellectually, artistically, and musically.
Throughout the country, a puzzle piece has come to be a symbol of autism. This is because a puzzle piece is just a small part of a big picture. It represents the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. Also, each puzzle piece is different, so too is each case of autism.
You probably know at least one child on the autism spectrum, and it is natural to want to learn more, but in questioning that child’ s parents, there are some hot button words, questions or phrases that can be offensive. To avoid offense, check out this article about what not to say to parents of a child on the spectrum.
If you want to Donate click the link, and it will take you to AutismSpeaks.org. They have some wonderful information on their site.