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The Basics of Autism

Basic Information on the prevelance, signs and treatment options for children with Autism.

April Ackerman

on 8 April 2010

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The Basics of Autism
Prevalence Autism currently effects 1 in every 110 children, and of these kids it touches the lives of 1 in every 70 boys. Want to know the scary part? The rate of children born with Autism each year is growing at a rate between 10%-17%, and the cause is currently unknown. About Autism
What is Autism exactly? The word Autism is a broader word to describe a spectrum of complex developmental brain disorders, also called Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD). Children as young as one year old can display symptoms. Some of the red flags are: no big smiles, no signs of joy, no communication, no eye contact, any loss of communication or social skills between ages 16-24 months. Treatment How to handle a diagnosis of Autism? I believe that this diagnosis is one of the hardest for parents to take in; imagine your child not wanting your affection, not looking you in the eye or being able to spontaneously say, "I love you." The best thing you can do for your child with Autism is begin intensive, consistent intervention. The most researched and used form of intervention for Autism is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). No matter what form of intervention services best meet your child's needs, the single most important part of your child's diagnosis and treatment is family support.

There are tons of ways to get involved and learn more about autism--all of this information used in my slideshow was taken from www.autismspeaks.org.
Learn more at www.autismspeaks.org
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