Autism is not a psychological, but a biological/physiological disorder. There is a growing body of scientific evidence in this regard. There is also evidence to support the use of a number of nutritional and biomedical interventions for individuals with autism.
The following index links to citations describing emerging findings in autism research. This section is under construction and will be updated regularly.
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