Data from several studies that used the current criteria for diagnosing autism[->0] and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), suchas Asperger[->1] syndrome and pervasive developmental disabilities (PDD-NOS), found occurrence rates for autism spectrum disorders between 2 and 6 per1,000 individuals. Therefore, it can be summarized that between 1 in 500 (2/1,000) to 1 in 166 children (6/1,000) have an ASD.
They have repetitive motions,and are fixated on patterns of all types. They can have above average language skills, though they don't use them well in social situations. They are oftenclumsy, as motor skills are under developed. Those with Asperger's are thought to have a talent that they focus on almost exclusively, and are consideredto be highly intelligent. Recent findings indicate that Albert Einstein may have had this condition.
Autism used to be the term used for anyone with thatparticular condition. Today, there are several different sub categories for different levels of disability or function. No two children diagnosed will bethe same, but there will be many things that they do have in common. With some high functioning autistics most people may not even be aware that they haveautism, while others need assistance in almost any part of life, and they are obviously living a very different life than other children. More is beingdiscovered about each of these different autism types as time goes on
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