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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Uncovering Clues to a Complicated Condition

Autism is a complex brain disorder that appears during early childhood. It can be difficult to diagnose and treat because it affects each person in different ways. Scientists are uncovering new clues to this complicated condition.

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What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
(National Institute of Mental Health)
The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment or disability that children with ASD can have. Information on ASD causes, early signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials, and more.

Communication Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
(National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
What autism spectrum disorder is, who is affected, how it influences communication, how speech and language problems are treated, and research to improve communication in children with ASD.

Learning About Autism
(National Human Genome Research Institute)
Autism symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, inheritance, clinical research, and resources.

Autism
(National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
A list of links on health studies and clinical trials, research, general information, and information for educators.

Autism Information Page
(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
Information on what autism is, treatment, prognosis, research, clinical trials, organizations and more.

 

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