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Communication Understanding autism

Helping young people understand autism increases the chances those with the disorder will be treated with respect.

The number of people being diagnosed with autism is on the rise. No one knows what causes autism and there is currently no cure. However, there are treatments for some of the symptoms related to autism.

One in 88 U.S. children have autism spectrum disorders. 1

No two autistic people have autism in exactly the same way. Some are more able to communicate than others. Susan explains why she believes it's so difficult for her son Nat to communicate. "Think of someone who is autistic like Nat as having a loud, static-filled radio on all the time," Susan says. "He can barely tune the channels to find the song he wants to hear. He sees other kids much more at ease with their surroundings. He gets frustrated, trying to do things everyone else takes for granted."

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