Questions and Answers About Autism

We get many questions. Most of them are about Autism, more   specifically, what exactly is it and how is it diagnosed? We also   get many people wanting to know exactly what a "Dynastic Order" is.   These are all very reasonable questions and we have tried to very   clearly but briefly explain them below. Please feel free to contact   us if you have more questions or want more information.


Q: What is Autism?

A:  Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of complex   developmental disorders that affect normal brain function to varying   degrees. The disorders normally manifest themselves by age 3 and can   be found in about 1 in 88 children in the U.S. No two people with autism will have exactly the same symptoms,   however, the symptoms typically include:

•  underdeveloped social skills such as a lack of interest in others, avoiding eye contact, crass or offensive comments, lack of empathy or being unaware of the feelings of others;

•  delayed speech and language skills;  

•  repetitive behaviors including repeating words or phrases. A person with autism likes predictability, so the repetition can   be an action that can give the appearance of being ritualistic;  

•  sensitivity to loud noises, some smells, light and temperature. The sensitivity can be to any or all these factors. It can also be the result of being surprised by any of these conditions - remember, autistic people like predictability. The degree and intensity of the symptoms will vary from person to person and by the type of ASD they have. There are three different types of ASD:

       I.  Autistic Disorder (sometimes called "classic autism"). People with this form of disorder usually have significant language problem, social and communication difficulties and unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with this disorder also have   some form of intellectual disability.

       II.  Asperger Syndrome. People with this syndrome usually have milder symptoms of ADS. They may have difficulty socializing and have unusual behaviors and interests. They typically do not have problems with language or intellectual development. In fact, it is not unusual for people with Asperger's to be remarkably gifted at music or mathematics. Some of these people further develop their gifts by obtaining college degrees including masters and doctoral degrees. 

       III. Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise   Specified. This is also called "atypical autism" and is used to describe people who show some characteristics of Autistic Disorder or Asperger Syndrome. Their symptoms are fewer and milder and may only result in social and communication challenges. It's important to understand that people with autism are not without feelings. They know love, joy and sadness the same as you. It's the   way they express themselves and how they react to certain situations that present challenges. With love, understanding, and the right support, these challenges can be overcome.


Q: What is a Dynastic Order?

A:  Also known as a House Order, a Dynastic Order is a chivalric order of knighthood created by the head of a royal family as a personal reward of service to the family. This makes a Dynastic Order distinctly different from a State or Church Order, though both may be awarded by a sovereign. The term "Dynastic Order" is also used by orders bestowed by former onarchs and their descendants even if they have been removed from power.


The Dynastic Order of the Green Cross was created by His Royal Highness, the Grand Doux of St. Cyriacus, Tetrarch of Tiggiano. H.R.H. gained inspiration for the Order from his daughter, Andrea, who has Asperger’s Syndrome and from the Order of St. Lazarus, which was founded by the Knights Hospitaller of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1098 to help those stricken with leprosy. 


In 2014, the Dynastic Order of the Green Cross was restructured as a 501(c)(3) to make it easier to raise funds for our mission to help  those with Autism and to improve our ability reach those in need on an international scale. We still maintain our chivalric traditions  for those who wish to join us not just as supporters, but as Knights and Dames of the Dynastic Order.


Q: Does becoming a Knight or Dame of the Order mean I'm employed by   the Dynastic Order of the Green Cross?

A: Absolutely not. No one who joins the Order is considered an employee of the Corporation or considered in any way to be under obligation or contract to the Corporation.