Parenting

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder, also referred to as autism or ASD, is a developmental disorder which affects the normal and social communication in both adults and children.

Causes of autism:

According to experts, autism is inherited genetically. Some people believe certain vaccines such as MMR or rubella can cause autism but there is not enough scientific evidence to support this theory therefore all vaccines are considered safe and necessary for a toddler’s overall health and development.

Signs and symptoms of autism:

  • May seem deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Exhibits repetitive behaviors such as body rocking.
  • Extreme anxiety and/or easily depressed.
  • Difficulty interacting with others.
  • Difficulty making eye contact.
  • Prone to echolalia which is word or phrase repetition.

How An Autistic Toddler Can Be Treated?

  • With the help of behavioral training you can teach your child social and communication skills.
  • Depending on the condition, speech therapy can be suggested.
  • The type of treatment or the medicines required by the child depend on the symptoms found.
  • You can also learn and educate yourself about autism.

For more information on autism, visit www.autismspeaks.org or contact your family physician for additional resources.

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