Delayed Autism Diagnosis Leads to Big Problems

An observant parent may be criticized as being overbearing, but for an infant, it’s important that parents notice all their child’s firsts. Autism is a disorder that can be diagnosed very early and it starts at home. Most parents are in awe of their baby’s first word, first smile, first laugh, first coo, but when their child is not showing any signs of these things, it might be time to talk to your doctor. Stop making excuses and get professional help because autism often goes unnoticed, especially among the Latino community, where many haven’t even heard of autism.

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Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a mental condition characterized by having difficulty communicating, and forming relationships with others. What causes autism? According to Autism Speaks, scientists have identified a number of rare gene changes, or mutations, associated with autism. In most cases, autism is caused by a combination of genes and environmental factors. Women can reduce their risk of having a child with autism by taking prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid during and after their pregnancy.

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