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 Understand Autism


Autism is a term that refers to a collection of developmental disorders that affect the brain. This brain disorder  affects a person’s ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the external world. People with autism have a tendency to have repetitive behaviors or interests and rigid patterns of thinking.

The severity of autism varies greatly. Some people with autism can function at a relatively high level, with speech and intelligence intact. Others have serious cognitive impairments and language delays; some never speak.


10. Are there other diseases that have the same symptoms of autism?


“THE AUTISM AWARENESS RIBBON- The puzzle pattern of this ribbon represents the mystery and complexity of autism. The different colours and shapes represent the diversity of people and families living with autism. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope- hope through researching and increasing awareness in people like you”

-Single Mothers of Children with Autism.


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11. Do autistic children commonly suffer from other illnesses?

Individuals with autism often have symptoms of various mental disorders that occur at the same time. These disorders include: ADHD, psychoses, depressive disorders, tics, Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other anxiety disorders. About one third of children and adolescents with autism develop seizures.


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12. Is there an association between autism and Tourette’s syndrome?

Tourette’s syndrome is an inherited neurological disorder. Its symptoms begin in early childhood and are often accompanied by obsessive-compulsive behaviors.


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13.What are some of the common myths about autism?

Autism is puzzling disease. There is no known cause and no known cure. It strikes one child in a family and leaves another alone. It is profoundly disabling in one child and difficult to notice in another. This mystery has given rise to many myths and misconceptions about the disease. These generalizations are popularized in books and movies but are rarely appropriate. Those interested enough to investigate will learn that autistic people are as unique in their behaviors and affect as no autistic people. The list of symptoms and behaviors associated with autism is long; each affected person expresses his or her own combination of these behaviors.


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14. Are there risk factors for autism?

 Many studies have sought to identify risk factors for autism with the hope that finding the risk factor could lead to finding a cause of autism, measures to prevent autism, or at least help to identify autistic children earlier than now is possible.


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