Autism is a development disorder affecting social, communication and imagination skills.  Children with autism share a common difficulty in making sense of the world.  The degree to which people with autism are affected varies, but the following are common characteristics:


Difficulty with social relationships

Difficulty with verbal communication

Difficulty with non-verbal communication

Difficulty in the development of play and imagination

Resistance to change in routine


The illustration below show some of the different characteristics associated with autism.

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Autism