What is Autism?


Written by: Audra Lampkins

Understanding the Name

Autism sometimes called Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological spectrum disorder. It can affect one’s physical, mental, emotional and social development. When thinking of a spectrum disorder think of it like a graph with different aspects given different values throughout the graph. When diagnosed, it isn’t just you have it, you don’t have it. Through evaluation, an individual is placed on the “graph” based on the disruption of their behavior in 3 main areas.

  • Social Behavior and Social Understanding
  • Speech and Language
  • Restrictive behavior and play

By being so specific in evaluation we are able to better serve those with Autism. The saying goes “no, two children are alike”, and that is no different for those with Autism.

Dispelling the Myths

Those with Autism are of a lower intelligence. Research shows this to be a myth. Many individuals with Autism have normal, if not high IQ’s; excelling in varying subjects.

Those with Autism desire to be alone all the time. No, no, no! They want relationships and interactions, they just have a different way of communicating their emotions.

Those with Autism cannot learn. If that were the case, then we would not be privileged to know and teach so many amazing children. The strides these children can take is astounding!

A Final Note

This is a brief and general overview. If you wish to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the clinical terms associated with your child’s diagnosis and treatment please go here to read more from our Clinical Treatment category on the blog (coming soon).