What Is Autism?

The CDC discusses how to identify the signs of autism spectrum disorder

by Adell Birchwood

Recent studies show that Tylenol is related to autism diagnosis in adolescents. These studies have brought about new litigation involving Tylenol and acetaminophen and its alleged effects in children. This mostly entails children whose mothers had taken Tylenol or acetaminophen during pregnancy. Many parents may wonder what exactly is autism, and how they can potentially identify the symptoms in their own children. We know this can be a difficult process, so we thought we’d provide some more information about it.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental disability that primarily affects the development of the brain. This can start as early as 18 to 24 months old. Notable symptoms of ASD are

  • Stunted of loss developmental skills before the age of 3
  • Problems with social communication
  • Restrictive or repetitive behaviors/interest
  • Conducting day to day life in a manner that is different from others

We all know that each child is unique, so although the symptoms of ASD can be consistent throughout the spectrum, cases range from a child being nonverbal to being able to live with little to no support into their adult years. In order to know the proper care options for your child, an early diagnosis is always a good option. If your child is exhibiting one or more of the signs above, contact their primary care physician for further analysis.

Though we are not medical professionals, we here at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo, and Plotkin are always here to assist you with your legal needs. If you have an inquiry, please feel free to contact us via our website to schedule a free consultation.

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