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Autism, What is it?

All you need to know about Autism.

Taylor Smith

on 2 May 2011

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Autism, What is it? Did you know that prior to 1938, Autism wasn't formally know as a disorder? Leo Kanner used the word Autism to describe the withdrawn behavior of serveral children he studied. Therefore, he basically "discovered" this disorder. Autism was discovered through people with Aspergers. It was named that because it was a milder case of it. Discovered in 1938. History of Autism! Inheritance! Autism isnt completely a genetic disorder nor completely a chromosomal disorder. It's both. Autism is caused by an error in the brain that makes it dificult to communicate. Nobody knows if it is dominant or recessive or if it's even completely developed through genetic factors. Environmental factors, diet, vaccines, and other variables have been know or even suspected to trigger or cause this disorder. Sex Linked or Autosomal? Answer --> (Drum roll please!) TRICK QUESTION! Nobody knows what it falls under. It's still being researched! Who does it affect?? 2 out of every 6 children will have autism. Guys are 4 times more likely to have autism. There is no explanation to why it affects guys more, there is still a lot of investigating needed to find more about this disorder. Race has nothing to do with this disorder. This is a disorder you are born with, it is not contagious. You absolutely cannot "catch" it. There is no medication or cure for Autism. However! There is medicines to help lessen the symptoms... For example: some people with autism are very anxious. Anti-depressants can be prescribed. There is a great deal of evidence that autism is caused by changes or mutations in genes, however, these genes have not yet been identified. How does somebody know they have Autism? Some symptoms may include: social interaction/relationship issues or limits in interests... also, 40 percent of people with Autism choose not to speak... There's no limit! They can live as long as everybody else! Scientists are still researching and trying to find more about this disorder... Fun Facts! Doctors have a number of ways to diagnose/to test for Autism. The following people were or ARE speculated to have Autism... Bill Gates, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Steven Spielburg! As you can see, these people were GENIUSES and extremely successful. Having autism does not slow you down or give you limits by any means! :) What does a karyotype look like for Autism? That answer is not fully known yet. Colleges and scientists are doing research but this disorder is still very new and there are many unknown answers about it. Works Cited: sciencedaily/releases/2008/09/080901205626.htm

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"Is Autism a Dominant or Recessive Trait?." answers.com. Answers Corporation, n.d. Web. 1 May 2011. <http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_autism_a_dominant_or_recessive_trait>.

"Is autism autosomal or sex-linked?." answers.com. Answers Corporation, n.d. Web. 1 May 2011. <http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_Autism_autosomal_or_sex_linked>.
And... "Autism-Symptoms." WebMD. WebMD, LLC, n.d. Web. 1 May 2011. <http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-symptoms>. People with autism do not look any different then people without it. They look just like any normal being. :) What is the life expectancy for a person with autism?
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