About Autism

According to Autism Speaks – 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. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.

We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

Indicators of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.

Autism affects 1 in 59 individuals

It is known to affect boys more than it affects girls, it also presents very differently in girls.

The numbers continue to rise (factual figures 2000 – 2002 One in 150 children, 2014 – 1 in 59). This can be partly explained by better diagnosis.

There is no medical test or cure for autism, it is a lifelong disorder

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The MOST SCIENTIFICALLY validated method of intervention for individuals with autism is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.