This is the story of an autistic child named Jacopo, and his mother Rita, a strong woman who’s committed body and soul to improve her son’s development and social inclusion.
Jacopo is 11 years old, he cannot speak and presents a low cognitive function type of autism.
I was struck by the lack of public knowledge and the high percentage of children developing the condition.
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by an atypical mental function that mostly persists throughout life.
The ASD are caused by an altered biologically brain maturation and appear in the first few years of life.
Children and people with autism or ASD are often closed, isolated in their own world with great difficulty interacting with others, in adequately communicate (language can be used absent or abnormally) and present behavior repetitive and very limited interests.
Autism and ASD affects one child every 68, males are affected four times more than females. There are not differences between the various ethnic groups and social conditions and is the most frequent cause of disability.
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By Marco Ponzianelli