What is autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences.
What are the symptoms of autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. A person with ASD might:
Not respond to their name
Not point at objects or things of interest
Not play “pretend” games
Avoid eye contact
What should I do if I suspect my child may have autism?
Don’t wait. Talk to your doctor or contact your state’s Early Intervention Services department about getting your child screened for autism.
Want more information?
Click here to go to AutismSpeaks.com