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Did you know that one out of every 150 kids is affected with autism in the United States? Autism is a physical condition; found in the first 3 years of life, that causes a lack of brain development in life skills such as social and communication skills (ncbi). Parents and Doctor notice Autism if the child has trouble playing or interacting with other kids, avoiding eye contact, doesn't use and understand language, usual movements such as flapping of the hands, and not being a curious child like most are. Around the world, there are about 67 million people that have been diagnosed with autism and in the United States, and even though it is the fastest growing disability (randomhistory) there is no cure. Even though there is no cure, there are medications available to help treat some symptoms such as aggression, mood, and behaviors. Besides from these treatments, there are controversial treatments such as Lupron that can be used to help with autism. Lupron is a drug that can fix the excessive amount of mercury and testosterone that people with autism have. This drug is controversial though because of a lack of scientific evidence and can cause unwanted side effects such as halt in the development, bones, and hear of the individual (Tsouderos). Some children are on Lupron and have seen incredible results, but others are still not convinced due to the lack of scientific evidence. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a person is more ways than one. The individual has a hard time understanding and using speech, interacting with others, and using eye contact. Even though there is no cure to end autism, there are many treatments available such as medicine, therapy, and applied behavior analysis. People with autism do have choices and do have the chance to get better so that they can be the best person that they can be.

"50 Random Facts About . . ." 50 Random Facts about Autism. Web. 25 Feb. 2012. .

Board, A.D.A.M. Editorial. "Causes, Incidence, and Risk Factors." Autism. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 18 Nov. 0000. Web. 25 Feb. 2012. .

Tsouderos, Trine. "Testosterone-related Treatment for Autism Stirs Controversy." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2009. Web. 25 Feb. 2012. .

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