What Is Autism?: Autism treatment deals with a broad range of conditions that relate to a type of neurodiversity, meaning that an autistic person’s brain functions differently from the average. Some people call autism Asperger’s, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), although these terms mean different things to different people.
Autistic people may socialise and communicate differently from non-autistic people, experience sensory input (such as light and noise) differently, find unfamiliar experiences difficult to process, anxiety-inducing or overwhelming, and find comfort in routine and repetitive physical actions (sometimes called ‘stimming’). This can all contribute to making you struggle with social interaction and affect your mood and other mental functions.
Does Autism Treatment Therapy Work?: People of all genders can be autistic, but men and boys tend to be diagnosed at a higher rate than women and girls, and male people tend to be diagnosed younger since the best-known ‘symptoms’ of autism are ones that are more likely to appear in boys than girls.
You or your child do not need a diagnosis to be autistic, nor to seek out autism treatment therapy to help you/them feel more comfortable in the world. If you are autistic, you may find understanding others and making yourself understood difficult, as ‘normal’ communication has developed to suit non-autistic people.