What is Autism?

Vita readingAutism is a neurological disorder that affects one in 150 New Zealand children. It can range across a spectrum from mild to severe, but it usually affects a child’s ability to interact and communicate.

Many autistic children do not speak, most suffer high levels of anxiety and aloneness, and almost all lack the social skills that many of us take for granted. These children are usually unable to learn conventionally and, without help, fall further and further behind their peers.

It is now recognised that autism is a genetic condition. While there is no cure, behavioural treatment such as ABA therapy offers hope.