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Symptoms can arise at any moment in a child's early life. For infants, symptoms would be not responding to their name by the time they are one. For children over one, symptoms included not show interest in things, unusual behavior, does not play pretend, wants to be alone, avoids physical and eye contact, trouble understanding, and has a hard time learning to interact with other people. Children might be late on learning language skills, reverse pronunciation, and uses little to none gestures. Some children show the signs and symptoms of autism but tend to grow out of the signs and symptoms. People with autism have abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters. Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter that helps a person brain relay signals. Someone who is autistic will contain a poor level of serotonin. Serotonin controls behaviors, memory, sleep, and learning. According to Peter Reuell (2015), a research team from Harvard was the first to link a neurotransmitter with autistic behavior, as well as show the differences in the breakdown in the signaling pathway used by GABA. (Reuell, 2015) GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter that sends messages throughout the brain and plays a major role in behavior. Researchers believe somewhere throughout the neural pathways there are intermittent and is the cause of unusual behavior. The neurotransmitter findings are what made the "refrigerator parenting" a myth in causing autism. Over the years, diagnosing autism has not really changed. One of the main ways to diagnose autism is by evaluating the behavior of the child. In the past, a psychiatrist would evaluate the child's behavior and development to make diagnoses. In today's time, behavior and development evaluation are still being used and are usually completed by a child's pediatrician. A comprehensive evaluation is the second step in diagnosing autism.…...

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