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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is still a largely studied topic but not much is known as to how it develops. Many theories that have been proven and believed are disproved over time and there is a variety of mixed information.

One of the leading factors that make it difficult to come to conclusions is the fact that it’s a spectrum. ASD presents itself in different ways for everyone with ASD, ranging from being low-functioning to high-functioning, and many more varieties in between.

Media has played a large factor in spreading awareness for ASD but also misinformation. This has made many families believe false information about how someone ‘develops’ Autism; however, the media has also positively spread treatment options to the masses.

Treatments come in many forms of supporting the individuals with their speech and behavior. One treatment that works for one, may not work for another, or they may require a variety of treatments to help them.

One of the main reasons for the confusion around ASD is the concept of regression. Regression presents itself in what seemed like a child that was typically developing, but suddenly regresses and loses speech and begins expressing more of the ASD symptoms such as repetitive motions and hypersensitivity to light, touch, or noises.