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The Warning Signs of Autism

What is Autism? Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by cognitive impairments, social impairments, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors. Autism is a spectrum disorder which can range from very mild to severe symptoms and occurs in all ethnic, socioeconomic, and age groups. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females. In some children there are no symptoms of autism before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly they “regress” and begin to display symptoms.

Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, experienced autism firsthand with his son.

“Often I'm asked what my definition of autism is and, of course, there is the standard definition: children who have problems with communicating, repetitive motion, abnormal toy play, social skills, are delayed,” says Dr. Kartzinel, “But really what I look at in a child is how many responses to stimuli the child responds to abnormally.”

Children with autism often display oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to their environments ... Read more

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