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   Apr 26

Childhood Autism

According to the Mayo Clinic, about three to six of every 1,000 children in the United States have autism. It is unclear whether this is due to better detection and reporting of autism, a real increase in the number of cases, or both. What is clear is that while there is no cure for autism. Intensive, early treatment can make a huge difference in the lives of many children with the disorder. Read more about treatment options for children with autism in magazines such as foster parents, parents and the parents and Child magazine. Doctors and researchers are still learning about the genetics of autism, which is complex. Some theories about the genetics of autism include multiple genes or interactions of rare genetic mutations. Cindy Crawford is full of insight into the issues.

Causes of the disease is still under investigation, but they are some of the possibilities of genetic errors, environmental factors and problems during delivery. One of the biggest controversies in medicine now is whether childhood vaccines contributed to cause the autism. While this case has been investigated, no evidence between the two has been found, yet many parents including actress Jenny McCarthy argue that there is a link. Time magazine recently interviewed McCarthy in his views on autism. McCarthy’s son has the disorder. Many children show signs of autism in infancy. Other children may develop normally for the first months or years, but then suddenly withdrawn, aggressive or lose language skills already acquired. Although every child with autism may have a unique pattern of conduct, common signs of the disease include but are not limited to: Do not respond to his name. Lack of eye contact. Appears not to hear at times. Resists physical contact such as touching and holding seems to know a other feelings begins to talk later than other children Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences while developers at their own pace and not follow exactly the time, the time to seek medical advice if your child shows signs of delayed development by 18 months.

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