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According to the latest statistics, one in every 68 babies born in the USA has autism spectrum disorder (ASD or autism for short). This condition seriously affects communication abilities. Over the last half-century, there have been significant advances in our understanding of this condition. Sometimes only at a later stage in the child's development does the family discover that their child has autism. Integrating people with degrees of autism into normal life is possible and beneficial. Although there is currently no cure, professional interventions can help alleviate specific symptoms.

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1. Treatment approaches are highly individualized

The first thing you need to understand about autism treatments is that they need to be custom-designed for each child. Many medical conditions follow a standard pattern, so similar care programs work well, but the symptoms of autism vary so widely that this doesn't always work. Each autistic person requires an individual assessment. Sometimes the amount of intervention needed to assist in the child's development can be very costly and time intensive.

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