Now, you guys are probably wondering, what is autism? Well, autism is a complex disorder that affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Autism affects an estimated 1 out of 150 children in the United States. Although, the exact cause is unknown, most scientists believe that autism is caused by a combination of generic and environmental factors. Parents, doctors, and scientists believe that autism is triggered by childhood vaccines. How do I know if my child is autistic? Well, here the symptoms: inability to make eye contact, cuddle, and respond to when spoken to. Some may line up toys rather than play with them, flapping arms, twirling in circles, incessant humming, and walking on toes. Now, there is no medical test that can diagnose autism. A comprehensive evaluation typically includes clinical observations, parent interviews, reviews of development histories, psychological testing, and assessments of speech and language. There are two popular treatments for autism. Those treatments are applied behavior analysis or ABA and Floortime. There are some unconventional treatments, such as gluten- and casein-free diets and using chelation therapy to rid a child’s body of toxic substances. Now, I’ve researched this by reading two books about this topic and I’ve also checked websites, too. Scientists are aggressively pursuing research about this topic, and have found interesting findings about the brains of autistic people, as well as the role genetics and environment play in the development of autism.

Now, that I’ve told you guys about autism, you guys know that this disorder exists. It’s always existed. People just never really thought about it, though. Please comment below if you know anyone with autism or if you have autism. If you know anyone with autism, tell me what you do to help them out. And also please refrain from using the R-word.

Tune in next time for a musical post xoxo