The word Autism came around the 1900's. The term itself comes from the Greek word "autos," meaning "self." A Swiss psychiatrist by the name of Eugene Bleuler, was the first person to actually use the term. During the 1940's, people in the United States started using autism to describe people with emotional or social problems. Two other scientist used the word to describe people with withdrawn behavior that he has studied and one being the disorder now known as Asperger's syndrome. Autism remained in researchers minds up until the 1960's when they began having a separate understanding of autism. During 1980-1990's, the role of behavioral therapy and the use of highly controlled learning environments came to be as the primary treatments for many forms of autism and related conditions.

Autism is a complex disorder in the Central Nervous System. The causes of autism are unknown but the nature of the brain disorder seems to come from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autism seems to disrupt the brain and the way it sends out information. These differences can cause social issues, behavioral disorders, and speech problems. Autism does not affect the PNS. The life expectancy of someone with autism is based off of the care of the parents, doctors, and the other people taking care of the child.

Symptoms of autism can be detected the best at eighteen months old. Although no matter how old your child is, no amount of medicine or treatment will ever cure autism. Treatments can potentially help how severe the case is, but there hasn't yet been a cure. Some symptoms that stand out to someone and things that a person should look for are delays in basic areas of development such as learning to talk, play, and interact with others. The signs of symptoms vary widely, as do its effects. Every child with autism has problems, in some degree, in one area, including communication, reaction, and thinking. Researchers are still looking for ways to find a cure for autism and are still trying to figure out what exactly causes it, rather it be genes, trauma, or something that happens later in your life.

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