About Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an individual’s social skills, speech and non-verbal communication. Behaviors, emotional controls and processing may also be affected. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term “spectrum”, in autism spectrum disorder, refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity. ASD affects every individual differently, causing each person to have their own distinct set of challenges and strengths.

ASD is currently the fastest growing disorder in the United States. Today, an estimated 1 in 44 children, within the United States, are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  

Although, autism spectrum disorder can be diagnosed at any age, symptoms generally appear within the first two years of life.

Recent research confirms that appropriate screenings can determine a child’s risk for autism as young as one year old. Not all individuals with ASD show all the symptoms of ASD and many individuals who don’t have ASD may display a few symptoms of the disorder. Early screening and evaluations can determine an appropriate diagnosis.

Here is a listing of typical signs and
symptoms of autism spectrum disorder:


  • Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Preference for solitude and avoiding interactions with others
  • Avoidance to touch
  • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
  • Does not engage in any pretend play
  • Does not use toys or objects appropriately
  • Difficulty expressing needs, feelings and relating to others
  • Delayed language development
  • Repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Sensitivity to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lighting or stimuli
  • Resistance or difficulty adapting to minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive actions or behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, speak to your child’s physician about your concerns and request a screening of your child for autism.

Although there is not yet a known cure, studies show, that early intensive behavioral interventions that address this complex disorder improve learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  

Effective behavioral interventions and treatment for autism spectrum disorder is vital for those diagnosed.