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Classified Autism

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Affecting three crucial areas of development: communication, social
interaction, and creative or imaginative play, Autism is a brain disorder
that begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood. The
specific cause or origin of autism is not known, however, many
researchers suspect that autism results from genetically mediated
vulnerabilities to environmental triggers.


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Affecting three crucial areas of development: communication, social
interaction, and creative or imaginative play, Autism is a brain disorder
that begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood. The
specific cause or origin of autism is not known, however, many
researchers suspect that autism results from genetically mediated
vulnerabilities to environmental triggers.

Some professionals estimate that 1 out of every 166 children in America
are affected by autism on one level or another. The national health
institute has a more conservative number of 1 in every 1000; either way
autism is prevalent! A family that has born one autistic child has odds
of 1 in 20 of another, which leads to heridatary assumptions.

There is a set list of psychiatric criteria and a series of standardized
clinical tests that are used to diagnose autism. Although not always
physiologically obvious, a complete physical and neurological evaluation
will typically be ableo to determine whether an individual is affected by
autism.

The clinical definition defines that 'autism must manifest delays in
"social interaction, language as used in social communication, or
symbolic or imaginative play," with "onset prior to age 3 years",
according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders'.
The symptoms of autism must manifest before the age of three years to be
clinically recognized; this is stated in the ICD-10, which is a set of
criteria for the proper diagnosis.

It is possible for children affected by autism to improve their social
skills to a level where they can be fully integrated with mainstream
events without any notice. Often times the case is that individuals
affected by autism are un-willing to want to cure their condition because
they see it as a part of who they are, and do not want to lose that.

				
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