Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.

Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare mutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants. In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines; the vaccine hypotheses are biologically implausible and lack convincing scientific evidence. The prevalence of autism is about 1–2 per 1,000 people worldwide, and it occurs about four times more often in boys than girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with ASD as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012. The number of people diagnosed with autism has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses; the question of whether actual prevalence has increased is unresolved.

Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress. Early behavioral, cognitive, or speech interventions can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills. Although there is no known cure, there have been reported cases of children who recovered. Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful. An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.”
Source: Wikipedia

Blogs by those with:

  • AlacostaACAT –
    ‘Writing about; Autism, neuro-diversity, adult transition, and employment.’
  • Alternative Wiring –
    ‘As a dyslexic writer with connections to others in the neurodiverse world, I wanted to spread positivity and good info about various learning differences. That’s what this blog is for.’
    ‘A blog dealing with autism related issues from the point of view of a 19 year old male with autism.’
  • An Autistic Bird Sings –
    ‘I write about my life from childhood into adulthood and what it like being a woman on the Spectrum. I cover meltdowns, sensory overload, daily living, stories from my life, relationships, motherhood, chronic illness and so on. I also include bits on my husband and son who are both on the Spectrum, and challenges with OCD, panic and anxiety as well.’
  • autisticook –
    ‘An open hearted, open-minded look at how being autistic has affected my life. I look at executive functioning issues, work and relationships, the struggle to get diagnosed as an adult, and above all the pretty awesome ways in which my autistic brain makes me who I am.’
  • Blogging Astrid –
    ‘Blog by a multiply-disabled (including autistic) woman. Some but not all posts are about neurodevelopmental disabilities. Other topics are faith, healing, mental health, etc.’
  • Crazy Sexy Autism –
    ‘A simple perspective blog from inside the life of a 30something with autism.’
  • Diverse Learners –
    ‘The whole team at Diverse-Learners have experienced: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ASD and/or mental health issues personally and within their family. This is a collection of thoughts and experiences from the team and students at Diverse-Learners.’
  • Married, With Aspergers –
    ‘I write mostly about my own experiences living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria. I am an advocate for acceptance and equal rights regardless of neurology, gender, beliefs or race.’
  • Mind Retrofit –
    ‘I write about our personal Autism family journey; as well, as share my personal experience growing up undiagnosed Aspergers and the transitions of understanding and acceptance. It’s mainly about our vast spectrum household.’
  • My tips and techniques blog –
    ‘Monique writes top tips blogs in order to help people like her achieve their full potential in life.’
  • Neuroatypical Wonderings –
    ‘A journey through the mind of a Neurotic, Aromantic, Ace Aspie. Sometimes one of my best friends (not on the spectrum) joins me also.’
  • Rainbow HFAngel –
    ‘I am 24 I have High-Functioning Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Learning disability. I also deal with mental health conditions. I was non-verbal until I was 7. My blog is about these.’
  • Sonnolenta –
    ‘I was diagnosed late on the autism spectrum, in 2011. I write about my experiences with autism, SPD, ADHD, insomnia. Advocate/activist for female autistics. Also a single parent, homeschooler, self employed individual.’
  • suburp (autism) comics –
    ‘I make comics with Bitstrips about autism, parenting and stuff. Pro inclusion, pro acceptance and pro love :)’
  • Therapist on the Spectrum –
    ‘A therapist recently diagnosed on the spectrum struggles to integrate the personal and the professional.’

Blogs by parents of:

  • ADHDExpress –
    ‘Covering topics ADHD, anxiety, SPD, OCD, ASD and others.’
  • Chaos Organized –
    ‘We’ve noticed a shortage on blogs about military families who deal with the day-to-day of having kids with special needs, and autism in particular. We want to try to fill that space and maybe offer hope, share our lives, and encourage some other families out there.’
  • Dinky and Me –
    ‘Follow us on Dinky’s diagnostic journey, and the battle for suitable education and support for her.’
  • Inked Pixie –
    ‘Lifestyle blog about my life in general, living with (my) ADHD and an autistic son. Everything from tattoos to parenting, my tips and tricks I’ve learned along our autism/ADHD journey!!’
  • Our World and Autism –
    ‘Blog about life with a NT and an Autistic Child’
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance an autism spectrum disorder –
    ‘A blog that explores the concept of PDA as well as offering a unique insight into the daily successes and failures of our family as we continue to try to understand and to live with this most complex of conditions.’
  • Steph’s Two Girls –
    ‘Stories of family life with my two girls aged 8 and 6; eldest is NT, youngest is diagnosed with Autism. We believe she has PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance).’
  • Taking it a Step at a Time – Autism –
    ‘Proud Mom to a 23 year old son with Autism. There was no “spectrum” when he was diagnosed at age 4 (after a 3 year battle to get a diagnosis) it was just Autism. Nowadays I suppose his particular brand of Autism would be described as “Classic Autism“‘

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