Autism: What You Need to Know
First, what autism isn’t: It’s not necessarily an intelligence problem. Some children with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have intellectual disabilities, but others have normal or above-average intelligence. What children with autism or ASD share is trouble with social interaction and communication. Symptoms of autism usually become evident during toddlerhood.More on autism
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Is autism easy to diagnose?
Autism is not easy to diagnose. Autism is diagnosed based on observable symptoms, and not all pediatricians are familiar with the signs of autism. To get a proper diagnosis, or to rule out autism if your child is having difficulties, it is important...
- Q What disorders are sometimes misdiagnosed as autism in children?
- Q What is the difference between autism and Asperger's syndrome?
- Q Who should I see to have my child evaluated for autism?
- Q How early can autism be detected?
- Q Did I cause my child’s autism?
- Q Can autism spectrum disorders be prevented?
- Q Is autism a degenerative developmental disability?
- Q Does autism occur with other health problems?
- Q Why are autism diagnoses on the rise?
- Q What treatments are recommended for autism?
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