Caring for premature and micro preemies is a constant weighing of options for neonatal doctors and nurses working in NICUs. Here is some science what professionals go through on a daily basis caring to critical preemie babies.
Parts of the Brain Affected by Autism (graphic). this is not a small change to brain chemistry or merely a chemical variation. Autism is a substantial change in brain formation that offers gifts and challenges.
Autism - My daughter has all these, although they have greatly improved after years of intensive therapy and work. She was diagnosed at 2 as "profoundly autistic", and just had the diagnosis revised to Asperger's Syndrome ("high-functioning autism").