What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged.
A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.
What should I do if I suspect my child has Autism?
Research has shown that early intervention can greatly improve a child’s development. If you suspect that your child may have Autism, contact your child’s pediatrician. For more information, visit the CDC’s website.