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Recognizing autism: early behavioral signs?

It’s the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States—and in the majority of cases, no one knows what causes it. According to the CDC, the prevalence is now one in 110 kids—an astounding 57 percent increase since 2002.

Despite the lack of concrete answers about autism, which is now seen as a spectrum of neurological disorders, characterized by deficits in social interaction, impaired language, and/or repetitive or restricted behavior, there is a consensus among clinicians that treatment should begin as early in life as possible. (Many experts suggest that there’s a crucial window of plasticity in the child’s developing brain when interventions are most effective.) That’s why getting a diagnosis as early as possible is important.

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