Autism: The medical perspective

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- It TMs estimated that 1 in 80 children, and more boys than girls born in this country will be diagnosed with Autism, which according to Dr. Mark Solnick of the USC Developmental Pediatric clinic , is a severe impairment in Interaction skills. Dr. Solnick says that Autism will affect each child differently, and can include different levels of classification, and impact on their ability to utilize language skills and integrate into society.

Dr. Solnick points to what is referred to as high functioning , in that the symptoms can be overcome with intervention. Contrary to some popular belief, there is no way to predict if a child is going to be autistic, according to Dr. Solnick and although science can detect a clear genetic pattern, there are no lifestyle choices made during pregnancy that could cause a child to develop it.

Autism isn TMt often diagnosed until age 3, however, there are several signs that might indicate the presence of Autism, which can include not responding to their name, poor eye contact, lack of smiles, appears at times to be hearing impaired, or make meaningful gestures.

Dr. Solnick says although there is no cure, there are many treatments and interventions that can help an autistic child learn to deal with the delays that come with the diagnosis, however, does warn that there is a lot of snake oil, referring to treatments that may not have the positive impact they promise.

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