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In the past, autism was a very rare disorder: 1 or 2 child per 10,000. I think an important concept to realize is those 1 or 2 children per 10,000 are still out there. They are very rare. If it were the old days, I wouldn’t be talking to you because there would not be enough parents together here to have a meeting. As a pediatrician, I was always told that if in my entire lifetime in practice I saw one autistic child, it was going to be one too many. At that time, it was a devastating handicap. As I said, something was wrong by 3 to 6 months of age. The consequences were grim. Certainly, some of those children might have fit into some of the things we’re going to talk about now. But you have to say that out there, in a very rare group of children, there may be some children where legitimately something goes wrong in utero, something goes wrong in development, and they were autism then.

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