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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental and neurological disability that causes impairments in social communication and repetitive behaviors. Individuals with ASD can learn, communicate, and socialize, but often do so in ways that are different from others. These differences can be a strength for the individual but they can also create challenges that require additional support.

How do I know if my child has ASD?

Although each individual will present diffferently the following characteristics have been identified by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as potential signs of Autism:

  • Not responding to their name by 12 months of age
  • Not following directions
  • Not pointing to communicate or share interest
  • Not smiling in response to others smiling at them
  • Quick or infrequent eye contact
  • Independent for their age
  • Not interested in other children
  • Not gaining the attention of parents
  • An unusual attachment to objects or routines
  • Repeats words or phrases
  • Limited functional play and no make believe play
  • Limited imitation skills
  • Intense tantrums
We believe that parents know their children best. If you are concerned about your child's develpment, contact your pediatrician or health care provider.

What causes Autism?

Researchers have not yet determined an exact cause for Autism but current research suggests that develops from a combination of genetic and enviornmental factors.

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