Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, and affects the brains normal development of social and communication skills.

Dr. Edward Hill discusses autism in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Autism is a condition that makes it hard to communicate and relate to others. People with autism will have it their whole lives. Some people will have mild symptoms and some will have more severe symptoms. Children usually show symptoms before three years of age.

Autism may be caused by problems in the brain. It may run in families. Studies have shown that vaccines do not cause autism.

Your child may have autism if you notice these behaviors:

h Not pointing to things he or she wants

h Not answering when his or her name is called

h Not having back-and-forth communication

h Unusual actions, such as toe walking, hand flapping, looking at things up close or out of the corner of the eye or unusual finger movements near the eyes

h Trouble handling changes in daily routines or habits

If you suspect your child may have autism, talk to your doctor. There are specialists available who work with autistic children.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.