What is Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a long-term disability, which can manifest differently based upon ‘where an individual sits’ on the continuum of ASD. Children with autism can have trouble interpreting social cues or manners of speaking (e.g. those that are idiomatic or abstract). However, many persons with ASD are high-functioning, intelligent people.

Autism is a very complex neurodevelopmental disorder that normally presents itself from birth, which is why parents usually become aware of it within the first two years of life, as a child’s personality begins to develop. It is most commonly identified by unusual social behavior, low interaction skills, communication difficulties, and compulsive or repetitive behavior, in some cases. Some of the persons with ASD consider themselves ordinary people; they believe they simply have a unique way of interacting with the world around them.

Causes of Autism

The precise causes of autism are not known. There is some evidence that genetic factors play a role. Certain illnesses contracted by a pregnant mother may also be correlated with developing autism (e.g. rubella). It occurs most often from birth, or prior to reaching the age of three. Autism tends to affect boys at a higher rate than girls. Despite persistent rumors, autism is not caused by immunization.

Since the cause of autism has been such a widely and hotly debated topic for so many years, it can be difficult to suggest preventative therapies. However, it is highly hereditary, although environmental factors have also been shown to have an impact on the likelihood of autism.

Can Autism be Cured?

There is no medicinal cure or formal treatment for autism, although there have been many breakthroughs with behavioral therapy to help autistic sufferers get past the sometimes crippling social impairment of the disorder. It can be managed effectively by making support available and increasing the general public’s awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Closeup of a small boy suffering from autism on a white background

In the past, the label of autism was much narrower; it now falls under autism spectrum disorder, which also includes Asperger’s syndrome, child disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder. Although these conditions are similar, there are certain distinct differences and levels of severity.

The most commonly recommended approach for autism is a combination of natural remedies and behavioral therapy to treat the condition. That being said, the formal medical community has a very mixed perspective on the concept of curing autism, as some do not see it as a disease. In fact, some sufferers of autism, due to their focus on a single subject, ability, or skill set, become savants in a given area and are capable of truly incredible things that defy our understanding.

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Vanya Sharma handles the medical expert collaboration for Organic Facts. She is also responsible for the website’s monthly newsletter and website content and contributes to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube regularly. A writer at heart, she joined the website while she was still pursuing her English Literature degree from IGNOU, Delhi, India. Vanya has completed the “Introduction to Food and Health” certificate program from Stanford University, US. She aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.

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