Child autism

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Child Autism

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is caused as a 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 and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Results have shown that autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls.

People suffering from autism respond to information in unique ways. Some of the common traits exhibited by them are resistance to change, difficulty in expressing needs, preference of being alone than in company, tantrums, little or no eye contact, no real fears of danger, apparent over- sensitivity or under- sensitivity to pain, and the likes. Some children with autism are particularly sensitive to sound and find even the most ordinary noises painful.

The book, " The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time", by "Mark Haddon" is an outstanding work depicting the behavior of an autistic child named Christopher John Francis Boone. This book is based on a neighborhood dog called Wellington who gets murdered, apparently by the child's father.

Christopher is a very smart child and loves doing math problems. He does not like to be touched by anyone and loves to eat light food. He hates to be given a bath and dressed. Moreover, he does not like to look at people in their eyes and never lies about anything. He loves dogs and is deeply attached to the dog in his neighborhood. One day while walking on his neighbor's field, he finds the dog [Wellington] dead. He takes up a secret mission of finding the murderer. He goes...