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Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder, or PDD, a group of illnesses that involve delays in the development of many basic skills. The most...
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Children who meet more rigid criteria for a diagnosis of autism have autistic disorder. They have more severe impairments involving social and...
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Autism spectrum disorders affect three different areas of a child's life: social interaction communication (nonverbal and/or verbal) repetitive...
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Autism cannot be prevented or cured. However, early diagnosis and intervention is critical and may help to maximize a child with autism's ability to...
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The outlook for people with autism varies depending on the severity of symptoms, the age at which treatment is started, and the availability of...
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There currently is no cure for autism, but treatment may allow for relatively normal development in the child and reduce undesirable behaviors...
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Subtypes of autism include: Autistic disorder Asperger's syndrome Rett syndrome Childhood disintegrative disorder Pervasive developmental...
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If autism symptoms are present, the doctor will begin an evaluation by performing a complete medical history and physical exam. Although there are no...
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Autism affects an estimated 10 to 20 of every 10,000 people. It is about four times more common in boys as in girls.
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To date, there is no convincing evidence that any vaccine can cause autism or any kind of behavioral disorder. A suspected link between the measles...
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The exact cause of autism is not known, but research has pointed to several possible factors, including genetics (heredity), certain types of...
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Babies develop at their own pace, some more quickly than others. However, you should consider an evaluation for autism if any of the following apply:...
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Symptoms of autism typically appear before a child is 3 years old and last throughout life. Children with autism can display a wide range of symptoms...
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Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), a group of illnesses that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably...
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If a doctor suspects a child has autism or another developmental disability, he or she usually will refer the child to a variety of specialists...
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