Autism : The Most Common Yet Misunderstood Disorders Of The Modern Age

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Autism is one of the most common yet misunderstood disorders of the modern age. Most Americans do not have a clear understanding of possible causes, what Autism actually is nor possible cures or treatments of this disorder. As autism effects 1 out of every 68 children born in the US annually, there is a large group of individuals whose lives have been touched by this ailment. Despite the large numbers of children and family’s crossing paths with this disorder, it is still not very clearly understood by the average person. An incredibly important step towards the better understanding of this disorder is having the basic facts available for the common man, presented in a way that is easy to understand and able to be parceled out in small components. The fundamental components of the facts necessary to understand and potentially one day eliminate autism include, understanding what the autistic spectrum is, what the possible causes of autism are as well as past and present treatments.
Before any true discussion of autism can begin, an individual must understand what the autistic spectrum is. (cited definition of the autistic spectrum) (Source). The dry definition can be a bit unclear, but most individuals falling in the autistic spectrum present symptoms including deficits in social interaction and communication, harmful or restrictive patterns of behaviors or activities as well as a clinically significant impairment of human functions. Since autism is a spectrum, these…

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