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Autism

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The primary NIH organization for research on Autism is the National Institute of Mental Health

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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Also called: ASD, Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)

What is autism? Listen
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication. Symptoms usually start before age three and can cause delays or problems in many different skills that develop from infancy to adulthood. More>>>
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What is an autism spectrum disorder?
National Library of Medicine:MedlinePlus
Different people with autism can have very different symptoms. Health care providers think of autism as a “spectrum” disorder, a group of disorders with similar features. One person may have mild symptoms, while another may have serious symptoms. But they both have an autism spectrum disorder. More>>>
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Overview

Developmental Screening

Developmental Milestones
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).
Learn the Signs and Act Early
CDC
From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your childs development and act early if you have a concern.
I know the signs of healthy child development.

Genetics

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MMR vaccine controversy and Autism

The MMR vaccine controversy refers to the claims that autism spectrum disorders can be caused by the MMR vaccine, an immunization against measles, mumps and rubella.