Tracey Stewart and her daughter, Jessica, are sat down with a psychologist, answering question after question. Then, finally, the doctor has a diagnosis for Jessica: autism. But while Jessica is at first angered by the insinuation, the surprising news will end up ultimately changing her life for the better.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that around one in 59 children in America is affected by autism. And because the disorder is viewed on a spectrum, an autistic individual may exhibit different symptoms to another who has been diagnosed with the same condition. In the main, though, common factors between people with autism include both having difficulties with communication and acting in a repetitive manner.
Needless to say then, that treatments and therapies for those with autism vary; some people need strong support, while others require relatively little intervention. And, interestingly, more men tend to be diagnosed with autism than women. In fact, some estimates suggest that twice as many men have autism than women, while others claim that a staggering 16 times more men receive the diagnosis.