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Symptoms and behaviors of autism can combine in many ways and vary in severity. In addition, individual symptoms and behaviors often change over time...
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Some of the different types of autism include: Autistic disorder. This is what most people think of when they hear the word "autism." It...
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening children for autism as part of the 18-month and 24-month well patient visits. This...
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Children with autism have trouble communicating. They have trouble understanding what other people think and feel. This makes it very hard for them...
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There has been ongoing controversy surrounding certain childhood vaccines and their relationship to autism. Many studies have looked at whether there...
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There is no single cause for autism. Recent studies strongly suggest that some people have a genetic predisposition to autism, meaning that a...
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Some children show symptoms of autism from birth. Others seem to develop normally at first, only to slip suddenly into symptoms when they are 18 to...
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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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