Autism Q&A

by SKHC Editor on March 29, 2011

Q. What is autism?

A. Autism is a disorder of the brain which often makes communication with and relation to others difficult. However, with early diagnosis and treatment more and more people with autism are reaching their full potential.

Q. What are autism symptoms?

A. People with autism may display many different kinds of behavior ranging from mild to severe. Some signs include a delay in learning to talk, to not talking at all, or seeming deaf (even though hearing tests are normal). Other signs include repeated and overuse types of behavior (body rocking, unusual attachments to objects, and getting very upset when routines change).

Q. How is autism treated?

A. Treatment of autism depends on one’s symptoms, which are different for everyone and may change over time. Such treatments are behavioral training (rewarding good behavior) in an effort to teach social skills, how to communicate and how to help themselves. Treatment may also include speech or physical therapy. In some cases medicine is used to treat depression or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. For more information about autism and how you can get involved please visit autismsociety.org.

Source: autismsociety.org, webmd.com

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