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Autism spectrum disorder covers a range of neurological conditions responsible for developmental disorders in children. There is no cure for autism, but physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals at the Pediatric Rehabilitation center of the Florida Hospital for Children specialize in treating symptoms of autism. Delivering comprehensive care in a child-centric healing environment, these experts apply the most advanced therapies in helping achieve improvement for many children with ASD. Parents who observe symptoms of autism in their child are encouraged to consult with the professionals at the Florida Hospital for Children to become informed about the exact nature of condition and learn what they can do to help their child.

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Autism – sometimes referred to as “mindblindness” – usually becomes apparent before age four. Affected children often have trouble communicating, problems with eye contact, and difficulty forming attachments to others. Characteristics of autism include repetitive behavior, obsession with a particular activity, being strongly attached to an object, repeatedly rocking or other movements. Although these individuals seem to live in their own world, they often excel on mental tasks involving music, memory, calculation and art.
 
While the exact number of children with autism is not known, doctors estimate it affects about 1 in 88 of all children, and occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls. The incidence of autism seems to be on the rise, but some doctors think that is due to improvements in diagnosis and that the term has been expanded to apply to a wider spectrum of conditions, including Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive development disorder. 
 
  Autism spectrum disorder covers a range of neurological conditions responsible for developmental disorders in children. There is no cure for autism, but physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals at the Pediatric Rehabilitation center of the Florida Hospital for Children specialize in treating symptoms of autism. Delivering comprehensive care in a child-centric healing environment, these experts apply the most advanced therapies in helping achieve improvement for many children with ASD. Parents who observe symptoms of autism in their child are encouraged to consult with the professionals at the Florida Hospital for Children to become informed about the exact nature of condition and learn what they can do to help their child.

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