A diagnosis of autism has a very significant impact not only on the person diagnosed with the condition and only on the immediate family, but also the extended family, friends, schoolmates, providers of medical services and many other people.
Severe or classic autism is also known as Kanner’s Syndrome. It is the type of the condition that many books and movies often show with great dramatic effects.
Children with autism have a hard time with developing language and sometimes lose speech at 18-24 months and begin talking only later in their development. Sometimes they may not start talking at all. Some children would repeat the words and phrases they hear from various sources such as TV shows without understanding what the words mean.