Autism is a condition that can impede communication and social interaction. The condition occurs in various degrees of severity. Some people with autism function at relatively high levels while others need full-time care. As a rule, autism is a lifetime condition, but certain therapies and support can help people with autism live full and rewarding lives. Advances in medical knowledge enable parents and doctors to detect autism in toddlers so therapy can begin at an early age. Changes in social attitudes and medical updates have enhanced our understanding of this condition as well as our ability to help people with it lead normal lives.
One of the most obvious signs of autism appears when a baby appears to be unresponsive to other people in their surroundings. Normally babies stare at people and will look towards where they hear a voice or sound. They will also try and take a finger that is extended towards them. At four months old or earlier babies start to smile. Normally, when a baby starts to crawl, and even more so when they begin to walk, they enjoy interacting with other children. Children with autism may fail to respond to these signs and prefer to play by themselves instead of joining with the other children.
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