Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Including Asperger’s

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people.

A child with Autism might:

not point at objects to show interest (for example, not point at an airplane flying over) • not look at objects when another person points at them • have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all • avoid eye contact and want to be alone • have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings • prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to • appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds • be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them • repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions • not play “pretend” games (for example, not pretend to “feed” a doll) • repeat actions over and over again • have trouble adapting when a routine changes • have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel, or sound lose skills they once had (for example, stop saying words they were using)

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