Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses are developmental disabilities that share many of the same core characteristics. Usually evident by age three, ASDs are neurological disorders that affect a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others.
ASDs occur nationally in approximately one in 68 children.* These disorders affect males more often than females, with one out of 42 boys being diagnosed with autism.* Some, or all, of the following characteristics may be observed in mild to severe forms of this condition:
Children with ASD vary widely in abilities, intelligence and behaviors. Some children do not speak--others have limited language that often includes repeating phrases they have heard before. A child with more advanced language skills tends to have difficulty using language in social situations and conversation and to have difficulty with abstract concepts. Repetitive play skills, a limited range of interests, and impaired social skills are generally evident as well. Unusual response to sensory information is also common.
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
**Autism Society of America
Early intervention for children with autism and related disorders is critical, and diagnosis is possible as early as 24 months of age. With early intervention, a child may make significant progress—potentially increasing language and social skills as well as circumventing the development of aberrant behaviors. The goal of the Marcus Autism Center Early Intervention Program is to develop readiness skills, enabling children to successfully transition to community schools and kindergarten programs.
Learn more about the Marcus Early Intervention Program.
Behavior Treatment Clinics
Pediatric Feeding Disorders program
Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center
TEACCH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Autism Society of America
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Interactive Autism Network
Max Brewer was diagnosed with a mild form of autism when he was 3. His older brother, Arthur, also has autism and completed the Marcus Autism Center Early Intervention Program. “We had seen such great progress with Arthur, so we knew that we needed to start Max in the program, too,” Max’s mother, Therese, said.
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