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All About Autism

Apr 09, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time for you to get educated on this disorder.

What Is It?

Autism is a brain development disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects your ability to communicate and interact with other people.

What Causes It?

No one knows for sure what causes autism, but it could have something to do with family genetics, prenatal risk factors, or exposure to children's vaccines. It affects one in 150 kids in the US, and is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Lack of, or delay, in spoken language
  • Repeating words or phrases
  • Repeating physical behaviors, like flapping hands, spinning objects, or stacking objects
  • Obsessive attachment to objects
  • Lack of interest in social interactions
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Resistance to change
  • Temper tantrums

How Is It Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for autism, but with help from doctors, speech therapists and special needs teachers, kids with autism can overcome their difficulties. With more extreme symptoms, you may need to take medications to help control your mood and behavior, but mild autism is treated by learning communication skills, social skills and basic living skills like brushing your teeth or making the bed.

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drowning posted in Friends:
@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
reply about 16 hours
JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Friends:
"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
reply about 16 hours
WatermelonCurlz
OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
reply about 17 hours
Abbergrl
Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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