Although Amy had no trouble finding joy in life’s simplest pleasures, she had a more difficult path than other kids her age. That’s because the almost-13-year-old is autistic. According to the Autism Speaks organization, it’s a disorder that affects approximately one in every 59 children.
Autism manifests itself in many different ways, although it often causes difficulties with speech, social skills and repetitive behaviors. Those on the condition’s spectrum may also experience sensory issues – disliking particular feelings, sounds or sights, for example.
According to Autism Speaks, “Each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges.” This means there is no one single treatment for the disorder, as the best course of action will be tailored to each person.