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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.


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 What is a multidisciplinary evaluation team, and how do they help to diagnose an autistic child?

A multidisciplinary evaluation team (MET) is a group of certified physicians and therapists from various professional disciplines who specialize in the diagnosis of children with developmental deficits.


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 Are there tests that are not recommended for the diagnosis or management of autism?

The following tests are not recommended for the diagnosis or treatment of autism on a routine basis:


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Can I wait to have my child tested for autism?

Many parents are reluctant to have their child labeled as autistic. They feel that waiting a few months or a few years will give their child a chance to improve or “get out of this difficult phase.”


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Has the rate of autism increased since the MMR vaccine has been in use?

Data from a study of California school children have been used to illustrate an increase in cases of autism since the introduction of combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.


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What is Autism? Do you know the signs?


Do children who get the MMR vaccination have an increased risk for developing autism? Is there a link between administration of the MMR vaccine and increased risk of autism?

No, at least not one that’s obvious right now. That’s according to an Institute of Medicine report published in May of 2010.


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