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Autism History and Background

In the 1900's, autism is referred to a range of nuero-psycholgical conditions. The term is described as conditions in which a person is removed from social interactions, also known as isolated self. In the 1940's researchers in the United States began to use the term as a way to describe children with social or emotional problems. In the 1960-70's, researchers began to focus on medications for treatments such as LSD, electrical shock and behavioral change techniques. During the 1980-90's, the role of behavioral therapy and the use of controlled learning environments rose as the primary treatment of children with autism and any related conditions.

Description of Autism

Autism is a neurological disorder that disrupts normal development. It's described as a pervasive developmental disorder. The pervasive part implies that it's serious and effects multiple parts of the brain. People with autism have multiple struggles such as communication issues, repetitive motions and problems with social interactions.

How heredity and genes play a role in Autsim

the cause of Autism is unknown, but appears to be associated with other chromosomal abnormalities.

In playing a role in genes and heredity's Autism effects

- 63-98% of identical twins

- 0-10% of fraternal twins

- 3% of siblings

Percentage of people affected by Autism

1% (3.5 mil) of the worlds population is affected by Autism. That's 1/68 births
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