Autism is a complex neurological disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate, relate to others and process information. It is often associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors. Autism is considered a spectrum disorder as individuals can exhibit similar characteristics, yet their impairments can vary from very mild to severe.
Autism affects a person’s social interactions, communication skills and cognitive abilities
Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of developmental disabilities that result from a problem with the brain (or neurological disorder)
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States
Autism is estimated to occur in 1 out of 59 children and this statistic continues to increase
Autism is more common than Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis
Autism is 4 times more likely to occur in boys than girls
Someone is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder every 20 minutes
Many individuals with autism require lifelong supervision, protection, and care
No one is sure what causes autism, although there is some evidence that it is a genetically based condition
Children with autism can be diagnosed as young as 18 months
There are early sign or “red flags” that a child may be at risk for having or developing autism
The earlier a child with autism receives treatment, the better the prognosis
This is no cure for autism; however, early intensive behavioral intervention has shown to produce marked improvements in skill deficits and problem behavior associated with autism
There is evidence that children with autism benefit from a comprehensive therapeutic approach that may include speech and language, occupational and physical therapy
Supporting individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders & their Families.