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Running head: AUTISM IN CHILDREN 1 Autism in Children Jennifer, Marsek 101 April 30, 2010 University Of Phoenix
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AUTISM IN CHILDREN 2 Autism is a disease that affects the bio-neurological development of a child usually before the age of three. Autism affects the normal development of the child’s brain. The areas of the brain that autism affects are social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Children who have autism usually have trouble with verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and common play activities. Children who have this disease often suffer from other physical disabilities such as allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, and sleeping disorders. Autism is a disease that can affect any child however it is diagnosed four times as often in boys then it is in girls. Autism is not more common in any certain race or region. However autism is not often found in Amish children. This is thought to be because the Amish people do not believe in vaccinations. Autism is found all over the nation. Autism affects one in every 150 children. Autism does not change the life expectancy of the child and there is no cure. However, with treatment and early intervention the symptoms related to autism can be greatly improved. People often think that children with autism will never be able to care for themselves, autism is often treatable. Autism affects each child in different ways. There are many different symptoms of autism; however there are a few warning signs parents should be aware of. These signs are if a child does not babble or coo by 12 months, if a child does not gesture such as point, wave, or grasp by 12 months. If a child does not say any single words by 16 months or any two word phrases on his or her own by 24 months. If a child has any loss of language or social skills at any age it is reason for concern. These are the top five signs that a parent should be aware of and report and symptoms to the child’s doctor. After a diagnosis of autism for a child the parents are told about the treatment options. Some treatment options are early intervention, behavior therapy, diet
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