Autism is a neurological disorder that the child is born with.
Research by Dr. Margaret Bauman has shown that children with autism have immature development in certain parts of the brain. It is caused by abnormal development and growth of brain regions involved with emotion and the processing of sensory input from the eys, nose and skin. Symptoms of autism usually become evident at age two or three. Some of the most common sysmptoms are:
- Lack of speech
- No interest in people
- No eye contact
- Oversensitivity to noise
- Appearance of deafness
- Temper tantrums
In my book Thinking In Pictures I describe my own experiences with autism and review the latest research. It is very important to enroll children with autism in a good educational program when the sysmptoms first occur.
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