What is Autism?
Autism, or clinically referred to as “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD), is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.
Fun Fact! Autism comes from ‘autos’, the Greek word for ‘self’, and a person with autism is often referred to as someone who lives in a world of his own.
What causes Autism?
Research shows that autism can be caused by a variety of conditions that affect brain development, which may occur before, during or after birth.
Research suggests that a biological correlation affecting the parts of the brain that process language and information coming in from the senses could be the cause or combination of causes for autism. Other research findings suggest that there may be an imbalance in certain chemicals in the brain. Genetic factors may sometimes be involved in certain families. In reality, what we know is that autism may develop from a combination of several “causes”.
Unfortunately, although there are many theories, no one fully knows the definitive answer to this question.