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Autism Facts and Awareness - FAQ

What are the distinctive behaviors of autism?

Three distinctive behaviors characterize autism:
  • lack of social interaction
  • problems with communication, both verbal and nonverbal
  • repetitive behaviors or focus on narrow obsessive interests

How widespread is childhood autism?

Approximately 25,000 children in the United States alone will be diagnosed with autism this year. This is more than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

At what age can a child be diagnosed with autism?

Anytime between birth to 5 years old. The first signs typically appear before age 3.

What causes autism?

Although autism remains a great mystery, doctors know more about the neurological disorder that is autism than ever before. Genetics are a major factor in developing autism. Also, researchers continue to search for something that triggers autism in a child.

How is a diagnosis of autism made?

Diagnosis is based solely on screening and behavioral observation. There is no scan, image, or blood test to detect autism.

Is there a cure for autism?

There is currently no cure, but there is hope. Early diagnosis and treatment can produce dramatic improvement in many autistic children. Also, there are autism awareness groups to help parents of autistic children to better understand what their children are going through.


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