wut does this mean?
To be autistic refers to having autism, or it could refer to a child with one of the autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder, (basically it's a disorder that lasts through out a person's lifetime), and like Stephanie says, the kids have varying capabilities... All kids with ASD have some problems with reciprocal social interaction (trouble with joint attention, eye gaze, empathy etc), reciprocal communication /play (could have echolalia, scripted or repetitve language etc) and restricted & repetitive behaviors (fixation with routines, fixation with parts of objects etc). How each of these are displayed, or to what extent depends on the individual. This disorder is believed to be largely neurobiological... That's about all I remember from class... let me know if you want to know more, the child development department in my uni specializes in this...
"Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears within the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication, and cognitive function. Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder (ASD) – meaning the symptoms can occur in any combination and with varying frequency. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities."
a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns
that is the deffinition from merriam-webster dictionary.