TABLEWAR Charities would like to provide parents with some help for the early part of their journey in understanding their child's unique style of thinking and learning. Below is some information we hope is found to be helpful in understanding both Autism as well as the process for evaluation by the public school system for a set of services to help development of the child. Early intervention before age 3 is generally provided out-side the school; the school will generally be involved after age 3. We have recently added some further explaination about what each intervention is and under what circumstance it might be useful for a child (there is a link in that section to the additional details) .
Lastly, we are working on getting this all into a downloadable PDF. We hope to have it available very soon.
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder characterized to varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. [editor's opinion - the word disorder may not be fair but is the clinical definition; as a parent, I believe the jury is still out on this alternative way that a person's brain works and interprets the world...]
Autism is normally diagnosed before age six and may be diagnosed in infancy in some cases. The degree of autism varies from mild to severe in different children.
The cause (or causes) of autism are not yet fully understood. However, it is believed that at least some cases involve an inherited or acquired genetic defect. Researchers have proposed that the immune system, metabolic and environmental factors may play an important part as well.