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The neural development disorder that are characterized by
impaired communication, repetitive and restrictive behavior, and social
interaction is known as Autism. Normally the symptoms of Autism or the
disorder's warning signs begin before the child has reached three years
of age. The disorder affects the processing of information in the brain
because it changes how a person's nerve cells and their synapses connect
with one another and then organize themselves. Unfortunately, the way
in which this occurs is not understood.
In the Autism Spectrum,
Autism is one of the three disorders that it covers. Asperger's Syndrome
and Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified
(PDD-NOS) are the other two that are components of the spectrum. PDD-NOS
is typically diagnosed when the characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome
or Autism are not present. Although the genetics involved in Autism are
extremely complex in nature, it isn't clear as to whether or not Autism
Spectrum Disorders are rare mutations or rare combinations of genetic
In rare occurrences, the symptoms of Autism are
strongly related to genetic agents that are responsible for birth
defects. Additionally, there are numerous controversies that surround
environmental issues including childhood vaccines, heavy metals, and
pesticides. Interestingly enough, the hypothesis regarding the vaccine
issue is biologically implausible and lacks any psychological or
scientific evidence. In recent reports published by the CDC, they
estimate that roughly 1 out of every 100 children have the symptoms of
Since the 1980's when Autism became a common concern of
the medical and psychological communities, the increase in the number of
diagnoses of the disorder have increased exponentially. Naturally, this
is due in part to changes and updates where current diagnostic
practices are concerned. However, whether or not it can be considered
prevalent in US society is the source of numerous debates. What is known
for sure is that parents typically notice the symptoms of Autism within
the first two years of the child's life.
The symptoms of Autism
will vary greatly from one individual to the next. However, there are
specific core symptoms that every individual who is suffering with
autism have in common. These include:
Limited interests in normal
activities or the way in which they play - a need for an established
routine, an unusual focus on certain objects or toys, and the
preoccupation of specific topics or subject matter
Non-verbal and
verbal communication - delay in or a lack of learning how to talk,
difficulty understanding the perspective of those listening to them,
problems engaging in meaningful conversation, and a repetitive or
stereotyped use of language
Social interaction and relationships -
failure to establish friendships or relationships with their peers;
lack of empathy; lack of interest where sharing achievements, enjoyment,
or interests with others is concerned
As a parent, you need to be
compiling a list of any unusual behavior while observing your child on a
regular basis if you are concerned that they are showing the symptoms
of Autism mentioned above. In so doing, when you discuss these issues
with your child's pediatrician, family physician, or are referred by
either to a specialist to determine if Autism is present, this will help

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