AUTISM is a severely incapacitating lifelong developmental
disability that typically appears during the first three years of
life. It occurs in approximately fifteen out of every 10,000
births and is four times more common in boys than girls. It has
been found throughout the world in families of all racial, ethnic
and social backgrounds. No known factors in the psychological
environment of a child have been shown to cause autism.|
The symptoms are caused by physical disorders of the brain. They include:
(2) Abnormal responses to sensations. Any one or a combination of senses or responses are affected: sight, hearing, touch, pain, balance, smell, taste, and the way a child holds his body.
(3) Speech and language are absent or delayed while specific thinking capabilities might be present.
(4) Abnormal ways of relating to people, objects and events.
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