What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
Autism spectrum disorder begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — socially, in school and at work. Often children show symptoms of autism within the first year. Each child with ASD is likely to have a unique pattern of behavior and level of severity — from low functioning to high functioning.
Possible Symptoms of Autism
- Delayed speech development
- Inability to cope with small changes
in a daily routine
- Avoiding eye contact
- Limited or no interactions with peers
The symptoms and their severity vary widely across these 3 core areas for each individual diagnosed with ASD. Diagnosing autism may be difficult because there are no medical tests, such as blood tests, that can diagnose children. Therefore, treatments may be delayed. The level of success may differ depending on many factors such as education, family, treatment options, and more.
Though it is still considered a lifelong diagnosis, with appropriate early intervention, individuals with ASD can lead productive and fulfilling lives. It is our mission to help you understand the basics of Autism and help you navigate the complex journey for your child.
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