Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, makes up a wide range of syndromes and disorders. There are many ways to diagnose and treat autism, though little is known about what causes it.
In this video, Dr. Andrea Huebner breaks down the definition, treatment, and suspected origins of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Several disorders and syndromes that used to be diagnosed separately from autism have been rolled underneath the umbrella term of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Autism used to only be diagnosed in heavily impaired children. Now, doctors diagnose it in children with only mild signs of ASD.
- Autism has not become more common; instead, doctors have become better at picking up on more subtle signs of the disorder.
- “Classic Autism” can be diagnosed in young toddlers thanks to its more obvious symptoms. Children with more subtle symptoms can be diagnosed as late as 10 years old.
- When diagnosing a child, a team of specialists including psychologists, pediatricians, neurologists and more work together to determine the diagnosis.
- For children with classic autism, Applied Behavior Analysis is the standard treatment. For less severe children, school accommodations and outside therapy are recommended.
- The cause of autism is not fully understood. It is known that there is some degree of both genetic and environmental factors.
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