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Autism

Autism

By: Bodie Hall


What is autism
What is Autism?

  • “Autism - or more precisely the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) - represent a broad group of developmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or severely limited activities and interests.”

  • www.genome.gov


How do you get autism
How do you get Autism?

  • “When physical features, small head size or brain malformations are present or there is a family history of relatives with autism, genetic testing such as chromosome analysis and single-gene testing is done.”

  • www.genome.gov


Is there a test to see if autism is inherited
Is There a Test to see if Autism is Inherited?

  • “Diagnosis of autism is based on standardized testing plus a clinical evaluation by an autism specialist. These professionals are usually psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists or medical geneticists.”

  • “Scientists are not certain what causes autism, but it's likely that both genetics and environment play a role.”

  • www.genome.gov


Is there a cure for autism
Is There a Cure for Autism?

  • “There is currently no cure for autism. However, autism can be managed and shaped at a young age, even as early as pre-school. Early intensive therapy can have a positive effect on development later in life.”

  • “Treatment of autism involves medical and behavioral therapies to help children with conversational language and social interactions. Treatment also involves helping children decrease their repetitive, self-stimulatory behaviors, tantrums and self-injurious behavior.”

  • www.genome.gov