Sunday April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day.
Autism is known as a spectrum disorder, because it manifests itself in many different ways and to varying degrees.
South Africa is lagging behind international standards of autism treatment, explains behavioral therapist Jenna White.
White, who is a specialist for the The Star Academy: School for Autism, says that early intensive interventions can help many young children recover from the disorder.
She explains that despite a lack of credible statistics in South Africa, autism is on the rise across the world.
If you look at how exponential the increase has been, better diagnosis doesn't quiet cover it.— Jenna White, Case Supervisor at The Star Academy
She has encouraged South Africans to learn more about autism to increase awareness in the country and fight misconceptions.
We really need to get the message out there that it's a developmental disorder.— Jenna White, Case Supervisor at The Star Academy
Take a listen to her expert opinion: