There is still no definitive cure for autism. There is also a prevailing misconception about autism that it is a childhood condition. This belief implies it is a childhood mental disorder but that it gets better or goes away as the child develops into an adult, which is clearly not the case. This wrong impression about autism is because it is first noticed during the first early years of a child’s development (usually at around three years of age) when the child is expected to learn a few words and start talk in a coherent manner. As toddlers, autistic children seem to develop a bit normally but then inexplicably regress that persists throughout their lives (Frith, 2003, p. 2).
One thing is certain though; there are very few solid facts about autism which is a reason why it is poorly understood among parents, psychologists, teachers and educators. With autism, nothing seems like what it is at first glance and impressions can be misleading (Frith, 2008, p. 3). In a broad sense, autism is the lack of a correct social sense in social communications.
The suspected causes of autism are many: among them are genetics, anatomical fault and a physiological dysfunction although researchers have not found any specific brain pathologies. There is general agreement that autism is a disorder of the developing mind. With this diagnosis as basis, psychologists utilize the three core defining features of autism and these are: problems with social interactions, impaired or incomplete verbal and non-verbal communications with the other people and lastly, repetitive behaviors characterized by a very narrow set of interests.
Autism is a behavioral development disorder diagnosed during childhood that continues through a person’s adult life although at this stage, it becomes less obvious or evident. This is due to some helpful interventions employed today such as early education and personal programs to