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When it comes to autism, there are a lot of interesting rumors circulating about what exactly this disease is and numerous alleged risk factors that can predispose children to becoming autistic. The best way to solve any dispute would be to explain a little about the disease and what facts and myths you should be aware of. 

To begin with, autism is not a disease that constitutes a simple checklist of symptoms but more of a spectrum of possible conditions that can be present or absent in your child. What is more, the severity of the symptoms are highly dependent on the individual so some patients with autism spectrum disorder are able to live highly functional lives while others require a lot of adjuvant care to help get through daily chores. 

Even if the spread of possible symptoms can be vast, in order to be considered to be in part of the autism spectrum disorder family, a patient needs to exhibit two core symptoms. The first one is some type of difficulty with social interactions and communication. The second one is having repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. It is a condition that is seen in about 2 percent of children and is about 4 times more likely in boys than in girls. [1] 

Some of the more popular rumors that circulate through the grapevine would be that vaccinations lead to the development of autism and that children with autism spectrum disorder are unable to lie. To take the wind out of the sails of these absurd remarks, I can promise you as a medical physician that both of these are entirely false assumptions. After countless studies to ensure that pediatric patients are safe when they have vaccinations, numerous departments from across the world have proven that there is absolutely no correlation between vaccinating your children and developing autism. Your children are at a much greater risk of not getting a vaccination against measles, mump or rubella compared to the chances of him getting autism so get your vaccinations without hesitation. A potential reason that the number of autism cases is on the rise could be simply because of the high amounts of processed foods that Western cultures currently consume as well as the delay in starting families that modern society is currently experiencing. Studies indicate that the average age of starting families in North America has risen and the longer you wait to have families, the more likely there could be some type of birth defect, genetic anomaly or complications during the birthing process. [2]

When it comes to telling lies, unfortunately, autistic children are no better than the rest of us and will also tell lies at nearly the same frequency as the general population. What studies found, however, was that children with autism had much more difficulty concealing lies and the more complex a lie was, the more likely the patient would forget aspects of his lie and eventually be discovered. Like I said already, however, autism spectrum disorder is a very complex illness so the degree and severity of the symptoms is highly dependent on the individual patient. Autistic children with higher functioning autism will be able to tell lies and conceal them much more effectively than an autistic patient who scores at the lower range of the spectrum. [3]

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