Autism - 3 Types of the Disorder
by P.S. Orr
symptoms with this type of autism are usually severe and may be linked with
intellectual disabilities.  

Asperger Syndrome - The symptoms with this type of autism are usually milder.
They usually have social challenges and unusual interests and behaviors. They usually
do not have communication problems or intellectual disabilities.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder - People who have some symptoms of autism
but not all usually fall under this diagnosis. People in this category usually have mild
symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of autism begin before the age of 3. The age the symptoms
begin may vary and the child may actually develop normally up to the age of 24
months. Symptoms may improve with age but will last the person's entire life.

A few symptoms to look for include:

-Not responding to their name by age 12 months

-Not pointing to objects by age 14 months

-Avoiding eye contact

-Rocking, flapping their hands or spinning in circles

It is important to diagnose autism early so intervention can begin. There is no cure
for autism but the earlier skills are taught the better the outcome. An experienced
professional can diagnose a child by the age 2. Therapies to help the child walk, talk
and interact with others begun early have a better result.

The cause of autism is unknown. Genetics seems to be one factor involved. Children
who have a parent or sibling with autism are at a great risk. Prescription drugs such
as thalidomide and valproic acid seem to also raise the risk. It is not true that poor
parenting has anything to do with it.

Autism affects all races, genders and socioeconomic groups but it appears to strike
boys 4 times more than girls. There seems to be an unexplained increase in the
diagnosis over the past few years. It could be due to better diagnosis techniques, a
broader definition of what autism is or a combination of both. If you are concerned
that your child might have autism, most states offer a free evaluation thru their early
intervention programs.


About The Author

P.S. Orr has been writing articles for 6 years on a variety of topics of interest such as
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Autism is a developmental disability
that strikes 1 in 110 children in the
United States. This disability presents
a challenge for parents and caregivers
as it affects behavior, communication
and social skills. Autism affects each
person differently and autistic
symptoms can range for mild to
severe.

There are three different types of
autism:

Autistic Disorder
- This is the type
of autism that most people think of
when they hear the word autism. The
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