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Autism is a developmental disorder that affects social and communication abilities. The earliest signs of the disorder manifest before a child is three years old, and treatment consists of therapeutic intervention. Early detection helps children with autism get the special attention they need.

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1. Struggling with Ordinary Activities

All children have different developmental paces and personal traits. Some take on concepts of sociability, playing, and hygiene more quickly than others. However, if a child struggles with ordinary activities most children their age have already mastered, this could be a sign of a developmental disability. If there seems to be no improvement in the child's adeptness at understanding or accepting concepts despite repeated emphasis, they could have autism. For example, a child with autism will have serious problems adapting to changes such as going to a new place or even small changes in the daily routine.

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