Autism is a neuro developmental disorder, that can be affected by impaired social interaction and expressive capabilities as well as by limited and repetitive or obsessive behavior. Symptoms of a child having Autism, typically start around age 3. Autistic individuals process information differently than others. Researches believe this stems from the way in which nerves react to stimuli and connect inside the brain; how this occurs, doctors are not clear about. It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum, the other two are Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
Although one of the more common disabilities today, not many people know what Autism is or just how it affects people in their daily life. Unless you truly know the person that you are dealing with, you might unintentionally say or do something that might set the Autistic person off. This goes along with the daily struggles of having Autism and is not within the person’s control.
When an Autistic person gets into a situation where they are startled, or feel threatened in some way they might react instinctively. They might lash out verbally or possibly even physically. When confronting an Autistic individual, you always want to walk up to the front of the person so that they know that you are coming and about to say something to them. If you approach them from behind, they may begin to feel threatened or intimidated like they are about to be attacked or something of that nature. Another thing that people might want to be aware of is that when a child is in school, you will want to set up what is called an Individual Education Plan or IEP, so that if and when there is a situation that might call for disciplinary action, there will already be documentation that defines specifically what to do in the event that the is a problem.