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According to the National Autism Association, autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that affects the normal development of the brain in various areas. Those areas include social interaction, communication skills and cognitive function. Autism generally appears before a child reaches his or her third birthday, and the NAA notes it is diagnosed four times as often in boys than it is in girls. Roughly 40 percent of children with autism do not speak, but parents whose children speakbetween the ages of 12 and18 months should know thatsuch youngsters can still ultimately be diagnosed withautism. In such instances,the NAA notes that childrenlose the words they previously learned. Incidences ofautism appear to be on therise, though the reasons for that remain unclear. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention, the prevalence ofautism had risen to one inevery 59 children by 2018.That’s twice as great as therate in 2004, when the CDCreported one in 125 childrenwere diagnosed with autism.TF214881