Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)



The term "autism spectrum disorder," is called ASD. It refers to a group of conditions that involve delays in the growth of many basic life skills. (Life skills include smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye”.) These include:
  • Day-to-day functioning
  • How they play
  • Speaking
  • Movement
  • Behavior

These conditions are called developmental disabilities. They are first noticed in children around age two to three. This is a key time in a child’s development.

The conditions begin before three years of age. Some may show signs of a problem within the first few months of life. But, parents often do not notice a problem until the child is a toddler. They may not be walking, talking or developing like other kids of the same age.

This disorder is not preventable. Studies show early and ongoing treatment will help to improve long-term life skills and social behaviors.
 

Resources:

For local help on Autism Spectrum Disorder see the Autism Society of Indiana.
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Source: 
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Autism A.L.A.R.M. Guidelines and the Clinical Reports on Autism published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.