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It is difficult to know for certain if the occurrence of autism is rising significantly or whether clinicians are now better trained
to recognize it, most experts agree that the growing statistics can be caused by a combination of factors. Indisputably, the
numbers mean a whole new generation of children will be growing up with autism.

There are no known causes of autism. There are, however, several theories related to diet (gluten, casein), the environment
(pollution), and childhood vaccinations. At this point in time these are only speculations; researchers do not have sufficient
data indicating any one cause. Clinicians know that autism tends to run in families and that if you have one child with autism,
your odds of having a second child with autism are 20% higher than the general population.

Some argue that there is no cure and others argue that autism is completely reversible. Some people may see autism as a
blessing and others as a curse.
Should autism be accepted as natural diversity, or should it be considered a defect that needs to be cured? This debate has
divided the autism community for many years. The dispute in the autism community basically is between what is labeled as
high-functioning and low-functioning people. High-functioning people can communicate verbally and low-functioning people
can’t.

Individuals with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, speak proficiently; however, their very constricted interest
reveals their difference. These individuals and autism activists are disturbed and oppose at the idea of a cure. They believe that
curing autism means eliminating the autistic population. Although, they are different, and have their challenges, in actuality
they’re a variation of the norm and should be accepted. Some even have exceptional abilities that should be praised and
encouraged.

The autism rights movement encourages autistic people to "embrace their neurodiversity" and encourages society to accept
autistics as they are. They advocate giving children more tools to cope with the non-autistic world instead of trying to change
them into the norm. They say society should learn to tolerate harmless behaviors such as tics and stims like hand flapping or
humming. Autism rights activists say that "tics, like repetitive rocking and violent outbursts" can be managed if others make an
effort to understand autistic people, while other autistic traits, "like difficulty with eye contact, with grasping humor or with
breaking from routines", wouldn't require corrective efforts if others were more accepting.

In Search of a Cure

The Autism Society of America estimates that 600,000 adults are living with autism in the United States. That number will
most likely skyrocket, given the CDC's recognition of an increase in the numbers of children with autism. The newest
numbers suggest that one in every 100 children has autism.

For the past decade parents have been frightened by the reported connection between childhood vaccinations and autism. The
culprit was said to be the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal. In response, many parents of autistic children turned to
unscientific remedies, sometimes with fatal consequences. Other parents avoided having their children vaccinated, leading to
outbreaks of otherwise preventable diseases.

Autism advocates have been searching for a cure, a permanent correction of the condition. Is it possible for a person with
autism to some way become not autistic? If this is the case, then clinicians would have to re-wire the brain. The truth is there
is no cure for autism. While there books, or products that promise a cure for autism, they are misleading. Autism has no cure
but there are lots of treatments that can help with some of the symptoms and can make living with autism easier.

Autism is treatable, but the best results come from early intervention, while a child’s brain is developing rapidly. It is far easier
during this time to teach these young children cognitive and social skills that will be crucial in their childhood, especially as
they enter school, where delayed development can be not only frustrating but incapacitating.

Treatment children on the autism spectrum can include: behavioral interventions, therapists conduct intense training exercises
to help modify behavior, teach social and language skills. Medications like anti-anxiety and anti-depressants, to help individuals
deal with some of the symptoms associated with autism. Natural and alternative treatments for example vitamin and mineral
supplements are being found to help in treating autism.

The very little scientific outcome research that exists is not enough to explain or a “quick fix” for each case of autism.
Treatment research in autism has been disregarded by those only interested in a cure for autism. Researchers working on a
cure admit that any breakthroughs are not as likely to “cure” the children currently affected by autism as to prevent future
cases.