Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of conditions that include autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and unspecified pervasive development disorder. ASD affects a persons social interactions and communication. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Summary

ASD is referred to as a “spectrum” disorder because of the wide range of symptom severities that a person may experience. Early treatment or services allows for the best chance to support healthy development. Typically diagnosed in early childhood ASD patients display:

  • Communication and interaction difficulties
  • Restricted interest and repetitive behaviors
  • Symptoms that impair a persons ability to function at school, work, or other areas in their life

Signs & Behaviors

Most people with autism spectrum disorder will show several but not all the behaviors related to ASD. Below is a list of common signs or behaviors.

Social Interaction and Communication
  • Not responding to their name
  • Poor eye contact
  • Delayed speech, doesn’t speak or has lost ability to say words
  • Unaware of others feelings and not able to understand others reactions
Patterns of Behavior
  • Repetitive rocking, hand flapping or spinning
  • Sensitive to touch, light, and sound
  • Overly focused attention
  • Upset at change

In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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