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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, delays in communication and engagement in repetitive patterns of behaviors. The term ‘spectrum’ refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of impairments that children with ASD can display. The symptoms vary from mild impairments to severely impacted that can interfere with everyday life.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in every 68 children in the United States (CDC, 2014).

Early Signs & Symptoms
Lack of eye contact
Does not respond to name
Lack of descriptive gestures (for example, point, give, show)
Lack of interest in other people (for example, does not look at objects when someone else points at them)
Does not point at objects to show interest (for example, not point at an airplane flying over)
Does not imitate
Echoes what other say, lack of spontaneous language
Lack of make believe or pretend play (for example, not pretend to “feed” a doll)
Lines items up or repeatedly put things in order
Difficulties with changes in daily routines
Have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel


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