Frequently Asked Questions on Autism

What is autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions that includes challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, and by unique strengths and differences.

What are the signs of autism?

The signs of autism may include

  • By 6 months, no social smiles or other warm, joyful expressions directed at people, limited or no eye contact 
  • By 9 months, no sharing of vocal sounds, smiles or other nonverbal communication
  • By 12 months, no babbling, no use of gestures to communicate (e.g. pointing, reaching, waving etc.), no response when called 
  • By 16 months, no words
  • By 24 months, no meaningful, two-word phrases 
Can autism be treated?

No, Autism cannot be treated it is a life long condition, but support can improve the quality of life. Products like special positioning seats with body hugging harnesses, weighted vests and blankets, toys and musical instruments, visual stimulators, headphones etc.

What challenges do children with autism face?

Children with autism mostly have trouble in communicating. They have trouble understanding what other people think and feel. It is very hard for them to express themselves either with words or through gestures, facial expressions, and touch.

What is asperger''''s syndrome?

Children with asperger''s syndrome don''t have a problem with language. They tend to score in the average or above-average range on intelligence tests. But they exhibit the same social problems and limited scope of interests like children with autistic disorder.