Autism is a brain disorder that is associated with a range of developmental problems, mainly in communication and social interaction. The first signs of this disorder typically appear before age 3. Although treatment has improved greatly in the past few decades, autism cannot be cured. It persists throughout life.

It’s estimated that three to six of every 1,000 children have autism. A recent increase in the number of autism cases in the United States may be the result of improved diagnosis and changes in diagnostic criteria.

The disorder occurs three to four times more often in boys than in girls. The severity of symptoms is variable. Some children with autism will grow up able to live independently, while others may always need supportive living and working environments.

The cause of autism isn’t clear, and there’s no cure. But intensive, early treatment can make a difference.

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4 thoughts on “Autism

  1. I have a blogging friend who suffers from autism, but have to admit I don’t know a great deal about this disorder.

    Thanks for giving some insight.

  2. i had the pleasure to talk candidly with a autism sufferer,
    in vol. wor,k he had pointed out to me something he thought was important:
    Most Austistics interprate on visual symbols and patterns at a higher level then the norm,
    But there ability to follow verbal, language patterns, which are very important socially, is much lower than the norm.
    this was his expierience of Autism.

  3. My understanding is that it is more like one in every 150 in the States as a whole and one in every 94 in the State of New Jersey.
    Best wishes

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