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do you know anyone that has the disease called autism?
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Posted 4/5/08
My kid brother is autistic. I am going to work with autistic kids soon. They are wonderrfullll and amazzingg
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Autism is a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication, and causes restricted and repetitive behaviour, all starting before a child is three years old. This set of signs distinguishes autism from milder autism spectrum disorders (ASD) such as Asperger syndrome.

Autism is highly heritable, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is generally unclear which genes are responsible. In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Other proposed causes, such as childhood vaccines, are controversial and the vaccine hypotheses lack convincing scientific evidence. Most recent reviews estimate a prevalence of one to two cases per 1,000 people for autism, and about six per 1,000 for ASD, with ASD averaging a 4.3:1 male-to-female ratio. The number of people known to have autism has increased dramatically since the 1980s, at least partly due to changes in diagnostic practice; the question of whether actual prevalence has increased is unresolved.

Autism affects many parts of the brain; how this occurs is poorly understood. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. Early behavioural or cognitive intervention can help children gain self-care, social, and communication skills. There is no cure. Few children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, but some become successful, and an autistic culture has developed, with some seeking a cure and others believing that autism is a condition rather than a disorder.


Autism Awareness day is April 2

http://www.autismspeaks.org/sponsoredevents/world_autism_awareness_day.php
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my cousin
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And also... AUTISM ISN'T A DISEASE!! IT CAN'T BE SPREAD, AND IT DOESN'T EFFECT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.... Autism is an ILLNESS... where they basically have severe communication problems. This affects everything about them, and they grow up slowly then others. (not psychically... education wise). However, they all tend to be very nice and gentle people, and they are extremely clever at most cases.

This is basically as much as i know, because i used to know an autistic friend like 4/5 years ago... but my mm works with autistic children all the time.

Also, autism is usually diagnosed while they are still little, going through nursery or kindergarten...
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Posted 4/7/08

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dark_pixie wrote:


AHTL wrote:

A very common sign of autism is that the person in question is socially inept, but very skilled at other things. For instance, remembering a 500 pages long book, word by word. Or being to calculate really quick what day a random date was. So if you asked an person like that to say what day it was the 22. January of 1435, he/she would be able to respond correctly in probably less than 5 seconds.


is it really like that???


Aye, it is. One of way of looking at autism is, one part of the brain is *over* developed while another part is underdeveloped


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Posted 4/7/08
heard of it b4
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yea, my little cousin, he's 5 years old and he's autistic. hes very quiet and shy,but very nice and sweet and when you ask him about the trains and train systems in Japan (there's SOO many), he can give you any information on it.
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I knew of a friend's younger brother who had a mild form of it. He was about 8 the last I saw him. Had the most amazing memory I've ever seen; and his attention to small details was astonishing. Cute little bugger..
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Posted 4/7/08
erm...Brain problems?Nerve problems?
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basicly thier introverted, develop introverted, its the simple way to put it. perhaps thier are things that can cuas people to develop this way, but it is more of them developing this way then something that injures thier mind. my interpretation of it, eh, anyways have a pleaseent day
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I've known people with very mild autism and I also know a person who has severe autism and down's syndrome... I went to high school and middle school with her, then ended up getting engaged to her caretaker's son. She's a really sweet girl, but people were scared of her in school because they didn't understand her. Some people actually thought they would catch autism and down's sydrome from her... Which is completely impossible, autism is a brain disorder as people have stated here already, not a communicable disease.
On another note, my fiance is mildly autistic. He's very, very smart but he is painfully introverted and sometimes just freezes up completely in social situations. When I first met him, he didn't liked to be hugged or touched unless it was behind closed, locked doors. He can't read very well because he almost immediately forgets what the story was about, but he is very musically inclined.
There are a bunch of other symptoms too, but I just wanted to show the people who don't know a lot about autism that people who have it can still lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. They're not all institutionalized and they aren't usually dangerous. I hope this thread has helped to raise awareness of autism, since it's a growing problem in our country. Based on research done in 2007 by the Center for Disease Controls and Prevention, 1 in every 150 births will result in an autistic child. Also, autism is the fastest growing developmental disease in America and grows 10 to 17 percent anually, meaning that the number of autistic children in the US is growing by at least 10 percent every year. If you still don't understand what I mean, think of it like this. There are 100 autistic children in a room. By the next year, there are 110, and next year over 120. It is very likely in the years to come that you will meet, or know, or be related to someone with this disorder so it's important to educate yourself on the issue now. Sorry for the long essay, but it's a topic I'm passionate about.
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Posted 4/7/08

AHTL wrote:


Autism is a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication, and causes restricted and repetitive behaviour, all starting before a child is three years old. This set of signs distinguishes autism from milder autism spectrum disorders (ASD) such as Asperger syndrome.

Autism is highly heritable, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is generally unclear which genes are responsible. In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Other proposed causes, such as childhood vaccines, are controversial and the vaccine hypotheses lack convincing scientific evidence. Most recent reviews estimate a prevalence of one to two cases per 1,000 people for autism, and about six per 1,000 for ASD, with ASD averaging a 4.3:1 male-to-female ratio. The number of people known to have autism has increased dramatically since the 1980s, at least partly due to changes in diagnostic practice; the question of whether actual prevalence has increased is unresolved.

Autism affects many parts of the brain; how this occurs is poorly understood. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. Early behavioural or cognitive intervention can help children gain self-care, social, and communication skills. There is no cure. Few children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, but some become successful, and an autistic culture has developed, with some seeking a cure and others believing that autism is a condition rather than a disorder.


what are the signs??
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http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis_characteristics
The signs, symptoms, and known causes are on this site. Check it out.
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I have a cousin who has a disease of autism
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