Autism is a disorder that affects the neurological and developmental growth of children. It can last for a lifetime. Autism is considered a spectrum disorder because there can be mild symptoms, moderate symptoms or severe symptoms.
Autism is becoming more common. It is estimated that 1 out of every 68 children in America has a form of autism spectrum disorder or a developmental disability. There are many theories as to why autism has become more common, however the exact causes are still not known.
Children affected by autism usually have delayed speech, difficulty with eye contact, inappropriate expressions, and lack common communication skills. Parents, teachers, and other family members may have difficulty with relationships in autism affected children and adults. Often times it is difficult for people with autism to follow directions, have difficulty with daily routines, and are upset by minor changes in the house, school, or community.
There is no specific medication used to treat autism, however there are resources at school, in the community, and with specialized clinics that can help to manage symptoms of autism. Special education programs, psychologist visits, and support groups are available to help children and adults affected by autism.
Talk with your doctor today to recognize warning signs of autism spectrum disorder.