Understanding Autism

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, repetitive behaviors, and leisure or play activities. One should keep in mind however, that autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees – this is why early diagnosis is so crucial. By learning the signs, a child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention programs. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

How common is Autism?

In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 110 births in the United States and almost 1 in 70 boys.

Contrary to what you may hear from outmoded professionals or read in outmoded books, autism is treatable. It is important to find effective services, treatments and education for children with Autism as soon as possible. The earlier these children receive appropriate treatment, the better their prognosis.

Check out our Autism 101 Class for for the family of a child newly diagnosed with autism or at risk for autism.  To get more information check out our calendar.  Click here.

Signs of Autism Learn the signs of Autism and what to look for in your own child.

Ages and Stages of Autism Take a journey through the eyes of another parent at different ages and stages in the life of their child.

Autism 101 Get clear, easy-to-understand information on the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, therapies and treatments.

Asperger’s 101 Learn more information about this form of high-functioning Autism.

Autism and Co-ocurring Medical Conditions Learn about the co-occurring medical conditions of autism such as seizures, gastrointestinal, immune, and mitochondrial disorders and others.

Autism Research Current research on Autism with a wide range of information on research opportunities, theories, and treatments.

Girls and Autism Raising a girl with Autism includes a whole new world of challenges and triumphs.  Come learn about how to raise a girl with Autism.

Links Come and view all the many national and state links on Autism.