Autism

Body System

The body system Autism affects is the nervous system.


The nervous system controls the brain.The brain makes sure your sensory system works. It runs your movement, how you feel about things, behavior, memory, language, and how you understand things.

People with autism have higher levels of protein in the brain.

Target population

  • boys are 4 times more likely than girls to get it

  • 1 in 166 kids

  • try to diagnose as early as possible, $2.5 million campaign to teach people how to see signs early

  • 40% have above average intelligence.

  • 60% range from mild to severe
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Onset

Scientists don’t really know why there are so many people with autism. It is usually diagnosed by the time someone is 2. Scientists know that you are born with it. Doctors see a fast growing of the head between 6 and 14 months old.

Diagnosis

  • blood tests show higher levels of proteins at birth

  • Checklist in Autism in Toddlers (CHAT)

Signs and Symptoms

  • child not responding to their name

  • not babbling or pointing to things by 1

  • no eye contact

  • repeating lining up objects

  • poor social skills

  • not smiling

  • not playing peek a boo

  • fast head growth between 6 to 14 months

Treatment

  • needs to be individual for each child

  • teaching

  • medication

    • anti anxiety

    • steroids

    • vitamins

  • therapy

    • music

    • swimming

    • social skills

  • speech

  • no cure

  • gluten free diet

  • behavior intervention- playing games to help kids learn how to speak and to help with social skills

Prognosis

The life expectancy is normal for people with autism.


Connections

I chose to learn about autism because I heard of autism and I wanted to learn more about it.
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What it's like to have a Brother with Autism.