Autism

Mark Davenport

What is autism?

Autism is a collective spectrum of disorders (autism is known as Autism Spectrum Disorder) which affects behavior in a child. Children with this disorder generally have a difficult time communicating with other people, which typically stifle behavioral growth. There are several different kinds of autism, but they are usually always grouped under a single umbrella. Autism is seen in all races, genders, and ethnic groups.


http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

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Is autism genetic?

Yes. Children are at a higher risk of getting autism if their is a member of the family who already has the disorder, though it does not automatically mean the child will get autism if a family member has it. Autism cases, however, are not always genetic. Many children with autism do not have a family history of the disorder, rather it can be caused by a sporadic mutation in certain genes.



http://autism.about.com/od/causesofautism/a/genetics.htm

What are the symptoms?

Autism Spectrum Disorder has a wide variety of symptoms, becoming noticeable at around the age of three. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

1. Difficulty communicating verbally, including not being able to comprehend language.

2. Inability to engage in conversations.

3.Isolation.

4. Repetitive body movements.

5. Stacking items on top of each other.

Some children with autism also experience gastrointestinal problems, such as difficulty digesting certain foods.


http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-symptoms

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Is there a cure?

There is no known cure for autism. However, there are programs available to help children and parents cope with autism. Many services are offered to help treat children, as well as adults, with the disorder, which includes helping them overcome social and behavioral obstacles. Treatment options also help autistic children to reach their full potential, seeing as how numerous children with autism excel in math, science, and music.


http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/treatment-options/