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Learning more about autism on World Autism Day

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WJBK - Doctors don't know what causes autism. They only know symptoms start to surface between 2 and 3 years old. The disorder is complex with a wide range of symptoms, but early intervention can make a difference.

Every word that 2-year-old Ethan Lobes says is exciting. Not long ago, his words were very hard to come by.

Social and communication struggles led to an autism spectrum diagnosis for Ethan and therapy has made a tremendous difference already.

Ethan is one of many children with autism or developmental delays at Beaumont Children's Hospital Hope Center.

"We're able to help them to communicate, and to use gestures and to interact and be a functional part of our world. That's really what therapy is doing," says Dr. Stefani Hines from the Beaumont Children's Hospital Center for Human Development. "We've had children who come in headbanging or smearing feces, that we address those issues and they're gone and now they're using some words to communicate."

If you are concerned about the development of your child, start with your pediatrician. Most follow the autism screening guidelines, or A.L.A.R.M.

A.L.A.R.M. stands for:

Autism is prevalent
Listen to parents
Act early

LINK: Click here for more information on screening process or about Autism Spectrum Disorder

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