What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism is a complex neurological disorder affecting individuals primarily in the areas of social interaction, communication and behaviors. Autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in at least 1 in 68 individuals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March, 2014). ASDs begin during early childhood and last throughout a person's life.
Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder — meaning the symptoms can occur in any combination and with varying degrees of severity. Autistic disorder is the most commonly known type of ASD, but there are others, including “Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified” (PDD-NOS) and Asperger's Syndrome.
Your child's early development is a journey. Use this map of milestones to know what to look for along the way.
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What are some of the characteristics of ASDs?
People with ASDs may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASDs also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things.
A child or adult with an ASD:
If you are concerned about your child's development, don't wait - contact your health care provider for an evaluation.
More information on autism can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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