I suspect my child or a child I know might have autism. How do I find out?
Autism is just one of the possible disorders that can affect the proper development of your child.
You can check your child's progress in development by looking at what their behavior should be for their age:
What causes autism?
The exact cause of autism is not known. Autism has a tendency to run in families, but there is no way to predict if a child will develop autism or not.
How do I know what therapies are right for my child?
As our understanding of autism has progressed, new therapies have
been introduced that address different aspects of this condition. Some therapies are medical,
some psychological, and some behavioral. Child health specialists can help
determine the right approach for your child's case, and locate appropriate professionals
for a given treatment.
Can children with autism grow up to marry or live an independent life?
People with autism can live just as long as the average person, and may go on to lead fulfilling lives. People with high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome do marry, attend college, have successful careers and participate in their communities. Other individuals with autism will require care and guidance throughout their lives in order to function more normally.
Should I be worried about vaccinating my child?
Extensive studies have found no link between vaccines and autism disorders.