1 in 68 children

are currently being diagnosed with Autism in South Africa (2022)

1 in 42 boys

Currently, more boys are diagnosed than girls (2022) *

10 new diagnoses

are made every week in Western Cape facilities (2022) *

What is Autism?

Ok, so you got the diagnoses: Your child, your little Johnny, your little Sally, little Sandile, little Thandi is AUTISTIC. But what does it mean? What do we do? How are things going to change?


So Many Questions….

There is so much out there that you don’t know where to start.

http://www.youtube.com/@FMEFreeMedEducation @FME, Script By: Waleed Sohail Chohan (Biology Decoded)

Autism is a different neurotype that includes differences in communication and reactions to sensory stimuli.

Due to recent changes to the DMS-5 (diagnostic manuals)(i), Autism is now part of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders classification. This includes Pervasive Developmental Disorder-not otherwise specified(i), Childhood disintegrative disorder(i) and Asperger Syndrome. However, due to continual research, Asperger Syndrome(i) may also soon be removed from the Spectrum list and become a condition on its own. Another condition with similar traits is Landau-Kleffner syndrome(i), Sensory processing disorder/ sensory integration dysfunction(i), Rett Syndrome(i), Fragile X Syndrome(i), Williams Syndrome(i) and Prader-Willi Syndrome(i). There is also a condition called PANS/PANDA(i) caused by the Strep virus that causes similar behaviours as those normally prescribed to people on the Spectrum.

Also, read here and here for more views on what Autism is.

Possible causes

Research is ongoing and no single person or group has made definitive breakthroughs in what causes autism, what treatment is best and what therapy works best. Many believe that it could possibly be a combination of Epigenetics(i), Diathesis- Stress Theory(i), Auto-immune Dysfunction(i) and Environmental factors(i).

Video from NutritionFacts.org, Dr Michael Greger – Autism Playlist

Recently Francesca Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London shared her views on the changes in the concept of Autism. You can view the video here.

Most people on the Spectrum also have co-morbidities(i) like Epilepsy, Bi-Polar Mood Disorder, Schizophrenia, Dyslexia, Depression, Anxiety, Compromised Immune systems, Muscular disorders, being blind or deaf, sleep problems, ADHD, Down Syndrome and Dyspraxia, to name but a few.

The Ehlers-Danlos Societyhttp://www.youtube.com/@TheEhlersDanlosSociety, by Jane Green MBE

Autistic people are affected in 3 ways: Language, Social and Behaviour. It is also important to add areas of Senses and Health.