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Question one, what is autism spectrum disorder? Answer Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD or Autism is a lifelong disability considered the result of a neurological condition affecting normal brain function and development. people with autism often have impaired social interaction and communication skills and challenging behaviors. The common term of autism collectively represents a set of five closely related conditions that fall under the umbrella of pervasive developmental disorders. These include autistic disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified BPD and OAS and child disintegrative disorder there is no known cause or cure no one known single effective treatment. Question two is autism the same thing as autism spectrum disorder or ASD? Answer Yes, autism is an umbrella term for autism spectrum disorders ASD, the common term of autism collectively represents a set of five closely related conditions that fall under the umbrella of pervasive developmental disorders. Question three can children outgrow autism answer's no Autism is a lifelong developmental disability children do not outgrow autism as they wouldn't outgrow cerebral palsy or mental retardation. However, that doesn't mean a child with autism cannot gain skills and make significant improvement. There are treatments available today to help families and individuals with autism autism are treatable. We do know that with early diagnosis and a personalized appropriate treatment plan children with autism can grow up to lead meaningful, productive lives. Question four is autism a contagious disorder? Answer No. Autism is not an illness or a disease and it is not contagious. Autism is a lifelong disability that affects normal brain functioning and development impact social interaction communication skills and behaviors. Question five what causes autism? Answer there is no known cause or cure no one known single effective treatment for autism However, a basic rule for treating Autism is the earlier the intervention or therapies, the better early diagnosis as critical, coordinated structured services that take into account a whole person and the person's family are most likely to promote increased skill development and success for the individual with autism while other organizations research the cause and cure for autism. easterseals is providing services and therapy for people living with autism today, though, until there is a cure for autism. There's easterseals question say how widespread is the autism answer? The numbers are staggering. We've seen a 200% increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism over the last 10 years today between one in every 150 children is diagnosed with autism making it more prevalent than Down syndrome, pediatric aids and childhood cancer. Question seven is autism treatable? if so how is it treated? Answer no to people living with autism are the same. Therefore there is not just one set of therapies to treat all people with autism. There is no one known single effective treatment for autism. Most individuals with autism respond well to highly structured specialized instruction and effective treatment program will build on the child's interests offer a predictable shedule teach tasks as a series of simple steps actively engage the child's attention in highly structured activities and provide regular reinforcement of behavior. Question eight what should parents do if they think their child has autism? Answer if parents are worried their child may have autism, they should follow their instincts, share their concerns with their pediatrician, get a diagnosis and seek help from an organization like Easter Seals. Autism is a lifelong spectrum disorder that affects each individual differently and to varying degrees. Getting the right help at the earliest stage of life can help a child gain the skills he or she needs to be successful. Question nine what should parents do after they learn their child has autism answer parents should find doctors therapists, psychologists and teachers who understand and have experience with autism and can respond to the child's shifting needs appropriately. They can find help with their search in one place with Easter Seals.
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Question 10 How do parents know their child has an autism spectrum disorder answer parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child or their child's failure to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Some parents describe a child that seems different from birth, while others describe a child who was developing normally. And then last skill. The most important thing for parents is to follow their instincts and seek out a diagnosis Generally, the first step is for parents to share their concerns with their pediatrician.
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