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Autism

Also indexed as:Kanner's Syndrome
A child displaying odd behavior and impaired social skills may also be showing signs of autism. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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About This Condition

Autism is a developmental disorder of the brain that appears in early childhood. The condition causes impairment of social interaction and communication, as well as unusual behaviors.

Symptoms

Symptoms vary but are characterized by a difficulty in relating to people, objects, and events. Communication problems may be present, such as a lack of eye contact or response when their name is called; fixation on specific subjects or toys; difficulty with changes to routine or surroundings; and repetitive body movements, such as head banging or hand flapping.

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