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Dealing with Autism

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November 7, 2007

Albany -- The number of children diagnosed with autism is now reaching record numbers.
One in 150 children are now estimated to have some form of autism. But doctors believe there may be even more cases.

Makeir is a typical eight year old boy. Rambunctious, into action figures, and obsessed with Spiderman. But when he was six years old his, and his father's life was turned upside down.

"With this syndrome, it takes their ability to speak properly. It takes their ability to hear properly. They actually call it a type of word deafness and it just comes on like that,"  says Keith Modeste.
 
Glanser-Klefner syndrome is a rare form of autism that doctors don't know much about yet.
"Sometimes the doctor, the neurologist, they don't know that much about it. And you have to teach them. We just so happens to find a very good neurologist who knows a lot about it in Macon, where we are headed tomorrow,"   says Modeste.

But now that more and more children are diagnosed with some form of Autism that could change. "The rates seem to be higher, but a lot of it is us being more aware of it," says Pediatrician Dr. Stacy Evans.

And looking for it more aggressively than I think we have done in the past.   "It's a very good thing. The more money that goes into the research, the more that nurses and doctors and laymen and anybody who knows about it is a good thing. And plus people stop putting stipulations on it."

And the public perception of autism is also changing. "When you see a child misbehaving, don't put it off on the parents. Cause you really don't know and that's very frustrating," says Modeste.

Frustrations that may become a thing of the past with the increased awareness of Autism.

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