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What is Autism?
  • Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder that affects a person's development and how the brain processes information.
  • It is characterized by challenges in communication, social interaction and unusual behavior, interests and activities.
  • Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means that the symptoms can be present in a variety of combinations and can range from mild to severe.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are the most common bio-neurological (brain) disorder affecting children.
  • Affects three crucial areas of development: communication, social interaction, and behaviour.

  • Occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • People with ASD are not physically disabled and 'look' just like anybody without the disability.
  • Four times more common in boys than girls.
  • ‘Invisible nature’ of disorder makes it much harder to create awareness and understanding.

How common is it?

  • In the mid 1980s it was estimated that 1 in 5000 individuals had an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • In 2007 the estimate was 1 in 150 children had an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • In 2012 - 1 in 88 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • In 2014  -  1 in 68 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“The success of the child hinges on the success of the parents and their ability to cope with their child’s diagnosis.”

Cheryl Kelly

Box 483
Shaunavon, SK.
S0N 2M0
saskfeat@sasktel.net