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What is Autism?

      Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children. 

      Many people with autism also have sensory issues. These can include aversions to certain sights, sounds and other sensations. 

 In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association merged four distinct autism diagnoses into one umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They included autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. 

Symptoms

  • Repetitive behaviors

  • Trouble with social interaction

  • Inappropriate toy play ex. Lining up toys)

  • Language delay or lack of language

  • Behavioral issues

  • Irritability

  • Tantrums

  • Self-Injurious behaviors

  • Aggression

  • ​​​Anxiety

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Developmental delays

  • Seizures

  • Chronic infections

  • Recurring infections

  • Poor eye contact

  • Echolalia

  • Obsessive tendencies