"What is known about the physical aspects of Autism?"
One well-established way of studying human development is to observe the physical aspects of a human being's brain and body. From conception until death, people usually show predictable patterns of growth, transformative change, and viable stability in all our body systems. Structures of the brain are still forming and its cellular functions are greatly influenced by many internal and innate/genetic factors AND external environmental/nurtured conditions from the conception to age 3. From birth to age 5 our brain is still growing, developing, changing, and interacting with many other body systems in ways that can also critically impact our early neurological and physiological maturation. We know that Autism disrupts the typical neurological development of infants from birth to three, and in rare cases, older children too. We also know that the study of these Biological aspects of Human Development will be critical to medical screening for, and the early prevention and effective biomedical treatment of Autism in young children in the future. Professionals are studying these possibilities in the field of Biomedical research right now.
"What information is provided about this topic here?"
The PHYSICAL column links in the homepage table provides basic information about how studies of the human body and brain relate to our understanding of Autism. It also goes on to provide fact-based descriptions of the biological nature of Autism and conceptual models of typical and atypical sensorimotor developmental patterns. This leads to contextual frameworks of human beings' able realities, and information about the use of person-focused assessment practices in creating individualized intervention approaches when working with a person with Autism. In addition, we provide lists of literature sources for some of, but not all, of the more mechanistic forms of scientific research into analytic behavioral and biomedical approaches that may be available to families. The information in this site is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide any treatment or medical advice Instead, it is meant to provide a use-able orientation to get new family and novice service providers familiar with the nature of the physical conditions of people with Autism and current behavioral and traditional and alternative health care options to be found within our local, regional, national and global communities. This can help us ask relevant questions and understand our behavioral and medical service providers' answers.
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