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    Hey, I just wanted to let everyone know that April is Autism Awareness Month! This is a very dear subject for me because my 3-year-old son has high-functioning autism. Current numbers suggest that autism spectrum disorders will occur in 1 in every 166 births. This is becoming an epidemic, and is a puzzle because there is no known definitive cause and no cure. The causes are most likely multiple, as well as being a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If you have small children and notice any 'odd' behaviors or a lack of communication and interest in others, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Early intervention is the key, the earlier the better. Don't wait hoping it will right itself! The symptoms of autism can be reduced through therapy and many kids can even be fully mainstreamed into a 'normal' classroom, and go on to live independent, productive lives. Thanks for reading this. I'll get down off my soapbox now!
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    I for one appreciate your post to remind us of this crucial problem. My nephew (now 13 yrs. old) has high-functioning autism, also, and though he does pretty well at this stage in his lfe, I wonder will his future will be like as an adult.

    My prayer is that there will be a cure found, and if not a cure, maybe a way to prevent it.
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    Thank you so much for the post. I am a special education teacher who works with LD kids mostly. I acually did not realize it was Autism awareness month. I will get me a ribbon asap to support as much as I can!

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    Hey Honeybee - when I was in high school, there was a group of popular girls that always hung out together. There were three in particular who were best friends. Each of these three women went on to have autistic children. Nobody will ever tell me environment doesn't play a part in this condition.

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    There are Autism Awareness car magnet ribbons available online, as well as other merchandise for anyone interested!

    Environment definitely plays a part, but we don't know what it is in the environment, and its very likely multiple things. Some guesses include vaccines (because they use mercury as a stabilizer), diet (unknown casein and gluten allergies), and exposure to metals in the environment. It could be any, all, or none of these.

    Thank you guys for your interest, and let me know if you have any questions!
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