Understanding Autism Spectrum DisorderNovember 27, 2023
What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that causes people to behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from most people. ASD impacts all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and includes a spectrum of conditions.
Recognizing Signs And Symptoms Of ASD
- Show limited interest in other people.
- Avoid making or keeping eye contact.
- Not play with other children.
- Be unaware of emotions in themselves or others.
- Respond to their name by 9 months of age.
- Show facial expressions, like happy, sad, or angry, by 9 months.
- Use simple gestures, such as waving good-bye, by 12 months.
- Be able to follow a conversation.
Restrictive Or Repetitive Behaviors
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children get screened for ASD at their 18- and 24-month exams. If you notice early warning signs in your child before then, it’s important to talk with their doctor. Here’s how to start that process.
Finding The Right Treatment
Because each person with ASD has unique needs, treatment is specific to the individual. All focus on enhancing your child's progress and reducing the impact of ASD on their daily life. With the right routine, support, and treatment, a child with autism can thrive.