Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism

Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

What may cause autism?

There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism compared to  other children.

  • According to research findings and studies Genetics may play a significant role because ASDs occurs more frequently in certain families and in patients with other genetic problems (fragile X syndrome or tuberous sclerosis).
  • Some toxins or drugs may play a role -research says this. For example, valproic acid, halidomide, and infection exposure during pregnancy increases ASD risk in the infant.
  • Remember: Vaccines do not cause autism.

Symptoms of Autism

Symptoms of Autism

 

Early detection of Autism: What parents to look for in child

Early detection of Autism

 

Diagnosis: Early detection by doctor

Social Skills

 

Evaluation of ASD children: Medical diagnosis

Evaluation of ASD children: Medical diagnosis

 

Treatment: School Evaluation

School Evaluation

 

Treatment of Autism:

Pet may help autistic kids

 

Living with Autism children

Living with Autism children

 

References:

  • http://www.autism-society.org/
  • http://www.medicinenet.com/

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