Is Your Child Autistic? What Parents Should Know About the Spectrum

The Center for Disease Control estimates that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects nearly three million Americans, roughly every 1 in 68 children. This often misunderstood brain disorder inhibits normal social interactions, and sometimes verbal communication. Previously doctors would diagnose a child as autistic. Now they diagnose autism on a five-point range, with classical autism being the most severe condition. Children with autism tend to show signs when they are two or three years old. Sometimes signs can show up as early as infancy. Autistic children don’t make regular eye contact,…

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