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Autism
September 2012 • #38
A Note from the Medical Editor
You’ve probably heard of Autism but what you might not know is that Autism is not a single disease but a group of disorders that affect a child's behavior, communication, and social skills. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASDs, are affected by many factors that will shape their future. The good news is that the long-term outcomes of children with ASDs have been improving.
 
If you have any concerns about your child’s growth, development, or behavior, please talk with your pediatrician. The sooner ASDs are identified, the sooner a child can receive the help he or she needs. Read on to learn more about ASDs.
 
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org
 
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