Autistic Children

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Autistic children
Autism is no longer seen as a rare disease; new statistics show that thousands of children are born each year with the brain disorder, autism. Unfortunately, many families may remain in the dark for years before autism is properly diagnosed and treated. Recently, new research is helping people get a greater understanding of the causes and nature of the disorder, which should lead to better treatment for kids. New information also shows that early diagnosis is very important, and that several genes may be involved. Genetic studies along with imaging studies may lead to biologically based diagnostic techniques that could help speed detection and allow early, more effective intervention (Briggs, 2006). This paper will talk about the genetic make-up of the disease, how many children suffer from Autism, characteristics, diagnosis, causes, symptoms, and treatments. My goal is to tell people more about this terrible disease that affects thousands of children. Introduction
What is Autism? Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior (Ardnt, 2005). These signs all start to happen before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by changing how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize (Levitt, 2005). It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two are Asperger syndrome, which slows down cognitive development and language, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is spotted when the full set of principles for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met (Ardnt, 2005). Studies and recently developed imaging methods have helped to show some of the bigger brain areas mixed up with autism. The areas include the…...

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