Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a wide range of developmental brain disorders. The most common symptoms associated with ASD are difficutlies with social interactions, communication, and repetitive behavior but the severity of symptoms can vary greatly. At one time ASD was split into several different conditions based on the severity of symptoms such as Asperger's Syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, or pervasive development disorder but they are now all included under the ASD umbrella.
Children develop at their own rate but certain developmental delays may suggest conditions that require treatment.
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a misinterpretation of these sensory signals that causes an overreaction or under-reaction that can interfere with daily function. SPD is common in children with autism.
Living With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Caring for a child with autism can be a challenge. But a few basic guidelines may make things easier for you and your child.
Traditional discipline may not be effective for children with Autism. Learn why and what alternatives may be available.
Children with autism have complex healthcare needs including physical, mental, and developmental factors. Building a team for your child's unique needs can help your child meet challenges as they grow.
School-based services can be a tool to support your child in an academic setting.
A combination of poor social and communication skills and difficulty with safety awareness can lead to wandering dangers in children with Autism. Some basic steps can help keep them safe.