Autism

By Kyle

What is autism?

Autism is a life long disease that affects the way a person communicates and relates with other people. Autism usually starts showing symptoms in toddler years. Symptoms include Seizure disorder, Sleep Dysfunctions, Communication Difficulties, Repetative Behaviors, Social Challenges.

Characteristics

The most usual symptoms of a child with Autism are: seizure disorders, sleep dysfunctions, communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors and many social challenges. These challenges can make a child's daily life very difficult with any social interactions with people. Many children will rock and repeat their actions during their day. Sleeping can also be a challenge. Autism does not affect a person's life expectancy.

Cause

There has been many studies done by Scientist to find a mutation that is causing Autism. The de novo mutation accounts for a substantial amount of risk for autism. It was found that the mutation affects the x chromosone. In this study, it was found that there are three genes that are mutated. They are CHD8, SNC2A and KATNAL2.

Treatment

Treatments for Autism can benefit a child if started early in life. Behavorial therapies can help with conversation, language and social skills. Medicine can help with sleep disorders, aggressive or self-hurting behaviors. Educational programs can assist with learning. Currently there is no cure for Autism. Early treatment and therapy can greatly help.
  • Many people with Autism also have many vitamin deficiencies.
  • Children with Autism can have more intestinal problems.
  • ASD means Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Autism came from the Greek word "autos" meaning "self". It describes a person who is removed from social interaction.

Bibliography

www.webmd.com Mayo Clinic

www.genome.gov Genome Science

www.sciencedaily.com Mutations in Autism Susceptibility