Learn about Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorders are characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before three years of age. Autism Spectrum disorders can fall in to five specific diagnoses -- the most common being Autism Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder -- Not Otherwise Specified, or (PDD-NOS). Each diagnoses has a distinct set of symptoms. However, each child who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders will have a unique combination of symptoms that makes it essential for treatments to be customized for each child's unique needs.
Children with autism spectrum vary widely in abilities, intelligence, and behaviors. Some children do not speak at all, others speak in limited phrases or conversations, and some have relatively normal language development. Repetitive play skills and limited social skills are generally evident. Unusual responses to sensory information, such as loud noises and lights, are also common.
Learn about what makes Autistic Disorder unique. The Symptoms specific to autistic disorder, Tools for parents and common Myths.
Learn more about Asperger's Syndrome. The Symptoms specific to Asperger's, Tools for parents and Myths surrounding the syndrome.
Unlike autistic disorder and Asperger's syndrome which have specific symptoms for diagnoses, Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) is a diagnoses given to children who may exhibit some symptoms of Asperger's or autism, but do not conclusively match a diagnosis for either.
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If your loved one exhibits symptoms of autism or another neurodevelopmental disability, please contact your family care physician or the Center for Autism.