One of the most important keys to combating autism is early diagnosis. This allows children to receive appropriate education, therapies and nutrition.
Supporting early diagnosis, is the education of parents and health care professionals so that they can:
Another part of the solution, following diagnosis, involves the delivery of therapeutic activities guided by well-defined learning objectives and delivered by trained therapists.
According to the national organization, Autism Speaks, the symptoms of autism can include:
As this professional organization notes, these symptoms and their severity can vary greatly, leading to relatively mild issues on the high functioning end of the spectrum and severe issues on the low functioning end.