How do Doctors Identify Autism?

There is a lot of talk going around lately about what autism is, what it isn’t and whether it exists at all.  We’ve gone through this for years, many times before, involving other unexplained medical ailments.  We still do.  Whether it’s fibromyalgia, PMS or any other ailment that sounds like a catchall or an excuse, there are still those ailments that we are dealing with, we keep hearing about what is, what isn’t and what might not be at all.

Autism, along with these illnesses, is very much a real disorder that researchers and physicians have learned much more about in recent years.  It has become much easier for doctors to diagnose autism and to treat it. 

Doctors identify autism by studying the child and the symptoms over a period of time, based on findings regarding initial symptoms.  Researchers are trying to find new treatments and improve current treatments for children with autism.  There is more information being discovered regarding genetics and some encouraging newer information regarding various therapies that are helping children with autism on a long-term basis. 

In fact, there are various therapies that have been helping children with autism show improvement in many areas from language skills, interacting with others and learning, in general.  Researchers, educators, physicians, and others are working feverishly to deal with the symptoms that doctors are finding and find ways to diminish them, making life easier and more productive for children with autism and their families.

Basic autism symptoms have not changed over time, but the way doctors diagnose and treat them – including the genetics of the disease – has been changing.  There is more information being discovered all the time.  With continued research there is increased hope that this disease will be understood much better, helping individuals with autism to live more normal and much richer lives.

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