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What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability that severely hinders the way information is gathered and processed by the brain, causing problems in communication, learning and social behaviors. It typically appears during the child's first three years, occurs in roughly 15 to 20 of every 10,000 births and is four times more common in males than females. People with autism live normal life spans and some of the behaviors associated with it may change or disappear over time. Autism has been found throughout the world in families of all racial, ethnic and social backgrounds.

However, researchers still have not reached a consensus regarding specific evaluations necessary for identifying the syndrome nor have they agreed upon the symptoms that must present to establish it. One particular sad legacy of our lack of diagnostic specificity has been the confusion for parents and professionals responsible for day-to-day management of autistic persons.


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