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.