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ok this may be a dumb question

Posted by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 8:28 PM
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ok i  have heard of autism but not rly sure what it is and my two younger kids had their 1 yr and check up before wee care and my 2 1/2 half yr old failed the test for autism my son was borderline so they are going to further test her and in dec at his two yr redo the test he did today to see if he needs more testen done so what is it ?

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by on Aug. 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM

I pulled this info from webmd.com      There's a lot of info on the internet & in books in the library. It can be overwhelming.

If you aren't able to read the second page, go to webmd.com & type autism into the search bar.  Just remember that all kids on the autism spectrum are different. Some kids may have more trouble in certain areas than others. My 2 1/2 yr old is non verbal. Some kids are talking. There are also different levels of autism, from mild to severe.

Autism - Topic Overview

What is autism?

Autism is a brain disorder that often makes it hard to communicate with and relate to others. With autism, the different areas of the brain fail to work together.

Most people with autism will always have some trouble relating to others. But early diagnosis and treatment have helped more and more people with autism to reach their full potential.

What causes autism?

Autism tends to run in families, so experts think it may be something that you inherit. Scientists are trying to find out exactly which genes may be responsible for passing down autism in families.

Other studies are looking at whether autism can be caused by other medical problems or by something in your child’s surroundings.

Some people think that childhood vaccines cause autism, especially the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. But studies have not shown this to be true. It’s important to make sure that your child gets all childhood vaccines. They help keep your child from getting serious diseases that can cause harm or even death.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms almost always start before a child is 3 years old. Usually, parents first notice that their toddler has not started talking yet and is not acting like other children the same age. But it is not unusual for a child to start to talk at the same time as other children the same age, then lose his or her language skills.

Symptoms of autism include:

  • A delay in learning to talk, or not talking at all. A child may seem to be deaf, even though hearing tests are normal.
  • Repeated and overused types of behavior, interests, and play. Examples include repeated body rocking, unusual attachments to objects, and getting very upset when routines change.

There is no "typical" person with autism. People can have many different kinds of behaviors, from mild to severe. Parents often say that their child with autism prefers to play alone and does not make eye contact with other people.

Autism may also include other problems:

  • Many children have below-normal intelligence.
  • Teenagers often become depressed and have a lot of anxiety, especially if they have average or above-average intelligence.
  • Some children get a seizure disorder such as epilepsy by their teen years.

How is autism diagnosed?

There are guidelines your doctor will use to see if your child has symptoms of autism. The guidelines put symptoms into three categories:

  • Social interactions and relationships.For example, a child may have trouble making eye contact. People with autism may have a hard time understanding someone else’s feelings, such as pain or sadness.
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication.For example, a child may never speak. Or he or she may often repeat a certain phrase over and over.
  • Limited interests in activities or play.For example, younger children often focus on parts of toys rather than playing with the whole toy. Older children and adults may be fascinated by certain topics, like trading cards or license plates.
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