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Why do people keep talking about children suffering autism spectrum disorders? What about all the other kids?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
7 doctors agree
In brief: Good point
Kids with autism have "spikes" in development, leading us to feel that if we could "unlock" the child's brain, he might function independently as an adult, whereas kids with other genetic & medical neurodevelopmental disorders tend to have less dramatic splits in their cognitive abilities.
Also, many genetic & epigenetic causes are known, but no single known "trigger" that precipitates symptoms.

In brief: Good point
Kids with autism have "spikes" in development, leading us to feel that if we could "unlock" the child's brain, he might function independently as an adult, whereas kids with other genetic & medical neurodevelopmental disorders tend to have less dramatic splits in their cognitive abilities.
Also, many genetic & epigenetic causes are known, but no single known "trigger" that precipitates symptoms.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
Ability to communicate, social intelligence, and flexibility have become increasingly important to become a successful, interdependent adult.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Please see below.
There are lots of disabilities other than autism spectrum disorders.
The reason why it seems that autism diagnoses are more common is that we have learned that autism is not just the severe form (like rain man), but includes a whole spectrum, ranging from severe down to very mild (like asperger's syndrome).

In brief: Please see below.
There are lots of disabilities other than autism spectrum disorders.
The reason why it seems that autism diagnoses are more common is that we have learned that autism is not just the severe form (like rain man), but includes a whole spectrum, ranging from severe down to very mild (like asperger's syndrome).
Dr. Cindy Juster
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Incidence.
Maybe because the latest numbers are really concerning.
One out of every 80 children affected with this.

In brief: Incidence.
Maybe because the latest numbers are really concerning.
One out of every 80 children affected with this.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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