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Living With Autism
is a complex neurological disorder. It may or may not be noticed during infancy. It is usually identified during early childhood between the ages of 2-6 years. People with autism have difficulty communicating and forming relationships.
Autism spectrum disorders include autism,
Asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder. 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
intellectual disabilities. Others are able to live on their own and work.
The exact cause of autism is not known. Researchers have identified the following factors that may increase a person's risk of developing autism:
What are the risk factors for autism?
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Are there screening tests for autism?
How can I reduce my child's risk of autism?
What questions should I ask my doctor?
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Last reviewed May 2013 by Kari Kassir, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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