What is autism?

Autism is not a disease, therefore there is no cure.

Autism is a biological origin developmental disorder, manifested in the first years of life and that lasts a lifetime.

The clinical profile can vary greatly from one person to another. Each person has a unique combination of signs and symptoms.


Autistic people are such a diverse group that is commonly said that there are as many forms of autism as autistic persons.

Knowledge regarding autism is constantly changing and evolving. Even though, a majority of people still do not know what it really means to be autistic. Therefore, inaccurate ideas from popular myths are unfortunately widespread.

Children with autism hardly use language in social contexts and have difficulties understanding statements other than literally statements.


The first language of an autistic child is the picture and the second one is the word.


Autism is a human feature that may or may not be associated to malfunctions.

Autism is associated with a wide range of abilities, groups of symptoms and severity degrees.

The severity can vary according to the age, the cognitive and behavioral characteristics and the presence of associated conditions. Signs and troubles can also change over time.


Autism usually appears during the first three years of life and affects boys four times more than girls.

Up to half of children who receive the autistic diagnosis will not develop a useful language.

Even autistic children presenting high functional abilities have difficulties understanding thoughts, feelings and intentions of others.