Autism epidemic- fact or fiction
Autism is a condition that effects the development and behavior of a person. It is usually identified in early childhood and is diagnosed by recognizing three deficiencies. These include; impaired social skills, communication and repetitive behaviors. Children with autism show limited interest in people and have difficulties identifying emotions. Autism is a condition that children are born with, although the cause is still unknown. The dramatic increase of autism over the past two decades, has raised many questions to weather it is an epidemic. It is evident that numbers of people being diagnosed are rising, although there are still not justifiable reasons as to why. Many Scientists believe that autism is in fact fiction because the diagnosis criteria for autism broadened in the 1990’s, epidemiology is not an accurate way of testing and because there were records of children with autism before the 1990’s.
California department of development services in 1999 indicated that autism