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Were you looking for information about Autism? Atism is a common misspelling of autism.
Autism is a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the external world. People with the condition often exhibit repetitive behavior or focused, obsessive interests. Other characteristics include problems with verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction.
Scientists aren't certain what causes the condition, but it's possible that both genetics and environment play a role. Because there is no cure, treatment focuses on minimizing the effects of the disorder. For many children, symptoms improve with treatment and with age. It is generally understood that the earlier a child starts treatment, the better.
(Click Autism for an in-depth look at the condition, including specific behaviors that are characteristic of the disorder, statistics on how often it occurs, and a list of other autism spectrum disorders. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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