Autism

Raquel Davila

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of autism vary widely, as do its effects. Some autistic children have only mild impairments, while others have more obstacles to overcome. The most common symptoms are, the inability to easily communicate and interact with others, some people with Autism are unable to communicate at all. Some may have difficulty interpreting body language or holding a conversation.

Causes

The underlying causes are unknown, it is the result of a neurological disorder that has an effect on normal brain function, affecting development of the person's communication and social interaction skills. although some researchers believe that genetics is the cause while other researchers believe it's due to environmental factors.

Treatment

There is no known 'cure' for autism. This does not mean, however, that nothing can be done for a person with autism. Treatments vary depending on the needs of the individual in four categories: Behavioral and communication therapy, Medical and dietary therapy, Occupational and physical therapy, and complementary therapy.

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Autism is the fastest growing development disorder in the U.S. It affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
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Reflection

I found it really interesting learning more about Autism and how it is more likely to affect boys than it is girls. Having met individuals with Autism and now actually reading all about it and what it's like and all the aspects of it just amazed me.