Autism: A Generation at Risk

  • Sabeeha Rehman National Autism Association
Keywords: Autism, autism spectrum disorders, health planning



A generation of children is at risk as the incidence of autism increases. No consensus exists on the causes of autism or its treatment. A wide range of potential factors such as genetics, vaccines, and environmental toxins is being explored. Some clinicians offer a combination of behavioral, educational, and pharmaceutical treatments, whereas allied health professionals stress diet, biomedical interventions, and chelation. With a lack of an organized approach to diagnosis and treatment and a lack of trained professionals, children are not receiving timely interventions. Curing autism has to be made a national priority. National programs should conduct research, standardize treatments, and offer public and professional education.

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