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Autism is Treatable

Early diagnosis and intervention are vital to the future development of the child. Special educational programs using behavioral methods have proved to be the most helpful treatment for persons with Autism.

Autism characteristics:

  • Deficiencies in verbal and non-verbal communication

  • Problems with social interactions, and leisure or play activities (such as unusual play with toys or other objects)

  • Difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings

  • May exhibit repeated body movements (hand-flapping, rocking), unusual responses to people or attachments to objects

  • May have abnormal responses to sensations (any one or a combination of sight, hearing, touch, balance, smell, taste, reaction to pain, and the way a child holds his/her body)

  • Affects reasoning, but specific thinking capabilities may be present

  • Not caused by psychological factors.

Autism and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) share many of the same characteristics. Due to the similarity of autism and PDD-NOS, the treatment and educational needs are similar for both diagnoses.