Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterised by severe, permanent and profound developmental deficits that affect socialisation, communication, imagination and behaviour. The causes of autism are still unknown, but several theories have been put forward, such as genetic origins, altered brain connectivity or immune system disorders. Detecting autism early on in childhood affords the opportunity to start treatment at the earliest possible date and therefore minimise any symptoms.

Autism Spectrum Disorder explained in first person

Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
The fact that they have received a diagnosis represents the first step in their treatment and therefore they can start to work, start to understand.
The diagnosis was very important for us because from that moment on we started to learn more things and suddenly we could interpret what our son wanted to say. It was as if we had a dictionary that allowed us to understand everything he did and we would act based on that.
It seems like we have to hide ourselves away and only the parents have to come out and explain it.
Substantiated information by:
Antonia Bretones
Rosa Maria Calvo

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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