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  • What causes autism?

    Scientists aren’t certain about what causes ASD, but it’s likely that both genetics and environment play a role. Researchers have identified a number of genes associated with the disorder. Studies of people with ASD have found irregularities in several regions of the brain. Other studies suggest that people with ASD have abnormal levels of serotonin or other neurotransmitters in the brain. ...
    • How is autism diagnosed?

      ASD varies widely in severity and symptoms and may go unrecognized, especially in mildly affected children or when it is masked by more debilitating handicaps. Very early indicators that require evaluation by an expert include: no babbling or pointing by age 1 no single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by age 2 no response to name loss of language or social skills poor eye contact excessiv...
      • What are common signs of autism?

        The hallmark feature of ASD is impaired social interaction. A child’s primary caregivers are usually the first to notice signs of ASD. As early as infancy, a baby with ASD may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time. A child with ASD may appear to develop normally and then withdraw and become indifferent to social engagement....
        • What is Autism?

          Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, th...
          • Autism signs and symptoms in toddlers and children

            Parents or caregivers are usually the first to notice the signs and symptoms of autism in toddlers and children under three years of age. At birth, the signs and symptoms of autism may not necessarily always be visible, and it may take some time to distinguish the classic traits of autism behavior. Signs and symptoms of autism to look for is: If your child does not want to embrace or hold you. I...
            • How to Treat Diarrhea in Children with Autism

              Are you looking for ways to safely and naturally treat your autistic child who has diarrhea? Then read these tips and tricks that have worked great for others in your situation. The very first way to treat diarrhea in a child with autism is to find the source. Treating it is one thing, but preventing it can go a long ways too. If you suspect that your child has something else going on besides auti...
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