Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the ability to communicate and form relationships with others. Every person is different and may have different symptoms.

It is common for people with this disorder to not make eye contact, avoid being touched, repeat movements, or insist on the same routine. Some kids are very active; some are very quiet. They may have trouble learning to dress themselves or use a spoon and fork.

Doctors learn about how a child acts to decide if he/she has autism. There are no medical tests, but doctors may do tests to make sure there are no other health problems.

Since people with autism process information differently, special help in school is needed. But they often stay in regular classrooms, go to college, and have jobs when they get older. Some even write books and articles about their disabilities.

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BUPA: Autistic spectrum disorders
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Information factsheet providing guidance to disorder treatments and symptoms. Available to download in PDF format.
Child and Youth Health: Autism
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn what it is, the causes, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. Includes problems with communication, social interaction, repetitive behaviors and play skills.
Kids Quest: Autistic Spectrum Disorders
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Suggests different ways of finding out about autism and includes an online attitude check-up.
KidsHealth: Autism
[ Kids/Teens ] Learn what autism means, the causes, and what life is like for kids who have it.

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