Sometimes autism is easy to detect, and for some children it is more difficult to notice. There are parents that believe the MMR vaccine triggers or causes autism, stating that their child had no signs or symptoms before the vaccine. Some believe the child was already autistic and not diagnosed until the MMR vaccine triggers the autistic symptoms, or accelerates the display of symptoms not detected before.
Early beliefs on autism was that the parenting, or lack of parenting, caused their child’s autism.
This is completely false as autism is considered a genetic disorder.
Some early signs of autism:
Not responding when spoken to
Disliking to be hugged or touched in any way
Pre-occupation with PARTS of a toy instead of the WHOLE toy
Disregard for personal safety
Strong reactions to sounds or different textures
Unable to speak in two-word phrases by the time they are 2 years old
The loss of previously acquired language skills
Scientific studies have found that autism is FOUR times more likely to occur in males than females. Interesting to note is that autism happens naturally and is not primary to a particular lifestyle, race, region of the world, or financial status. The theory of genetics causing autism is presumed due to the increased percent of other children of the same parents to develop autism. Autism can happen to any child. So, you do not actually ‘get’ autism.