What is autism?
Autism is a disorder that is not easy to describe. Although the exact cause is not known, we do know autism is a highly variable, neurodevelopmental disorder. In short, this means that information processing in the brain is different than with other people. There are big differences between people with autism. Some have a mental handicap, most have a normal or high intelligence. People with autism often feel comfortable with routine, rituals, structure and clarity. Unexpected events and changes can be difficult for them. More than 1% of the Dutch have autism. One in 160 children worldwide has autism (Source: Mentaal Beter, Gezondheidsnet and WHO).