Speical Needs: Understanding Autism

Tumbl Talk

By Bethany Friedrich; Tumbl Trak Special Needs Coordinator

Autism is becoming significantly more prevalent.  In fact, according to government autism statistics, there has been a ten-fold increase in the past 40 years.  With 1 in 68 people said to have autism, chances are there is someone you care about, perhaps a friend, relative, or student who lives their life with autism.

Autism is considered a spectrum disorder because it impacts each person differently.  With symptoms varying from person to person it becomes difficult to fully understand this complex disorder.

To break it down, autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person thinks, learns and experiences the world. Many people with autism excel at math, music and visual skills while others are impacted more significantly and require a great amount of support with everyday tasks.  Although the severity varies, there are five key things people with autism find…

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