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What is Autism?

Symptoms of Autism

Causes of autism / risk factors for autism

Prevention / remedies / cures / treatment for Autism


What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of three neural developmental disabilities. The three disorders are: autism, Asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder.

Autism affects both the brain and body of young children. These children exhibit impaired social interaction; impaired verbal and non-verbal communication; and restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behaviour. The symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old.

How autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize is not well understood.

Autism affects about 0.1-0.2% of all children worldwide. In the USA ten times as many children are affected, at about 2% (up from 1% in 2007). (3, 4, 5) Boys are diagnosed with ASD about four times more than girls. (8)

Symptoms of Autism

Symptoms are highly variable with each individual child. Parents usually notice the first signs at around six months, and usually before the age of two. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress. Symptoms may continue through to adulthood, but usually in a more muted form.

Causes of autism / risk factors for autism

Prevention / remedies / cures / treatment for Autism


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Filmmaker Natalie Beer sets off on a journey around the world speaking to leading doctors, scientists and families to find out the truth about the autism epidemic and whether or not vaccines have a role to play. The movie explores the common misconception that autism is solely genetic and looks into scientists concerns over recent years about environmental factors such as medication and pesticides which continue to leave our children with physical and neurological damage.

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