By: Autumn R.

           Autism. We’ve all heard of the term before, either around school or at the doctor's office on one of those pamphlets sitting in the doctor’s organized box of information. But what does it really mean? 
According to the Mayo Clinic, Autism is “a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term ‘spectrum’ in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity. 
Autism is hard to diagnose. According to Autism Speaks, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with Autism. It's harder to find in girls than guys, and can sometimes be misdiagnosed as ADHD or ADD, or even a behavioral problem. 
That's a pretty confusing condition, right? Autism is more than a disorder with a definition. It's a way of life, and of seeing the world. 

Let's begin with the meat of this article: 
Autism does  NOT  make a kid stupid. No mental disorder makes a kid stupid, but for some reason, it's stuck in people’s heads that since Autism hinders the ability to communicate well with others and hold relationships, that person is automatically stupid. That isn't true whatsoever. Autism, in several cases, can boost a person with Autism’s IQ. People with Autism also tend to have particularly strong talents in various areas, such as singing, writing, art, instruments, dance, sports, etc. 
In my personal experience, Autism affects people differently, and makes them act differently. Our interests tend to be limited to a few things and are almost obsessed with our interests. We also tend to be alone, afraid or disinterested in social interaction. We get upset easily, and don't like change in our routines. 
People should realize – just because we are different doesn’t make us strange – we are all different in our own respect – don’t judge by the few things you see. 

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