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What is Autism

What is Autism – It’s Hard to Define

Trying to describe what autism is can be very difficult, understanding autism will make your head spin.

Diagnosing autism can be hard and it’s not easy when the definition of autism keeps changes. So how can you answer the question, “what is autism?”

Here is story of a family with 3 boys on the autism disorder spectrum. They suspected autism early and weren’t surprised to learn the child had been diagnosed with autism.

What is autismThe fathers reaction to the diagnosis was to take action and get involved. He comments that there is too much information about autism and that one can waste time trying to find the right autism therapy program.

He settled on a popular therapy program, Applied Behavior Techniques and has been pleased with the results.

Watch the Voice of America video where Melinda Smith reports how autism can be successfully  treated with intensive behavioral therapy.

The report is summarized by explaining that the definition of autism is evolving and changes due to the large spectrum of disorders involved.

Diagnoses of autism may have begun with schizophrenic and ended up being aspergers syndrome as a result of an evolving awareness.

One doctor says the treatments are basically the same as they were decades ago and now society is more aware of autism spectrum disorders. More and more people know what autism is.

Whatever treatment you choose it should be recognized how important it is for parents to teach the children how to communicate.

Do you agree that even if communication is only with grunts and signs the act of communicating is therapy in itself.