These pages are addressed to the parents of a child who has autism.

]]>Autism]]> is a complex neurological disorder. It may or may not be noticed during infancy. It is usually identified during early childhood (aged 2-6 years). People with autism have difficulty communicating and forming relationships.

Autism spectrum disorders, which include autism, ]]>Asperger syndrome]]>, and pervasive developmental disorder, affect about 1 in 100 American children aged 3-17 years old. Autism is a lifelong condition that varies in severity depending on the person. Some people with autism need to be cared for their entire life and have other conditions, such as ]]>seizures]]> and ]]>intellectual disabilities]]>. Others are able to live on their own and work.

The exact cause of autism is not known. But, researchers have identified the following factors that may increase a person's risk of developing autism:

  • Genetic factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Problems during pregnancy or delivery that could interfere with brain development
  • Exposure to environmental toxins

]]>What are the risk factors for autism?]]>
]]>What are the symptoms of autism?]]>
]]>How is autism diagnosed?]]>
]]>What are the treatments for autism?]]>
]]>Are there screening tests for autism?]]>
]]>How can I reduce my child's risk of autism?]]>
]]>What questions should I ask my doctor?]]>
]]>What is it like to live with autism?]]>
]]>Where can I get more information about autism?]]>