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Get to know about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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You should know about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Stedman’s medical dictionary describes autism as “a mental disorder characterised by severely abnormal development of social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication skills”. Individuals with this condition, present from early childhood therefore find it difficult to communicate and form relationships with others and in using language and abstract concepts. 

A single cause of autism is unknown, however, it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. The likelihood of developing autism as a child depends on various factors. Scientists suspect a genetic factor may determine autistic presence but other factors may include; 

- chemical imbalance, 

- Imbalanced or poor diet , 

- viruses or  toxic chemicals such as pesticides and phthalates, 

- some medication or a lack of oxygen at birth.

You can find great help here in Nigeria at Patrick Speech & Languages Centre at 13b Remi-Fanikayode Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.

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