Autism and Sexual Assault

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? (ASD)

  • a genetic developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges

  • 1 in every 54 children in United states had autism in 2016

  • Can be detected and diagnosed at around 2-3 years, diagnosing earlier very hard due to inability to detect in blood tests, so professionals must wait until they can interact and observe the child’s behavior

  • Early signs of autism

  • not look at objects when another person points at them

  • have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all

  • appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds

  • be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them

  • have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions

  • symptoms prominent in some more than others, so some autistic people need lots of assistance throughout life and some do not

  • No cure, but the earlier you go for treatment like therapy, the better outcomes for the individual in the future

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