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What is Autism?

 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. 

 

Center for Disease Control

Autism Statistics

 Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about 1 in 59 children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children be screened for ASD at their 18- and 24-month well-child checkups. Research shows that starting an intervention program as soon as possible can improve outcomes for many children with autism.​ 

American Academy of Pediatrics

Characteristics

 Autism differs from person to person in severity and combinations of symptoms. There is a great range of abilities and characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders — no two children appear or behave the same way. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and often change over time. 

American Psychiatric Associaton