Autism affects many children. Children with Autism usually have trouble with social skills such as communication and interactions with people. Many children with autism have delays in speech or are non-verbal. They avoid eye contact and sometimes do not like loud noises. Autism occurs more frequent in boys. There is no known cause of Autism at this time. Children with autism and special needs are eligible to receive school and services from when they are 3 years old. Often times, there is early intervention programs prior to this.