WHAT IS AUTISM
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group.
Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears in the first three years of life and is characterized by an inability to speak or use language appropriately, odd, unusual or stereotypic behaviors, impaired or absent social skills and in many children sensory problems commonly known as sensory integration disorder. Autism is the result of a neurological disorder that affects functioning of the brain. Autism currently effects 1 child out of 68 according the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – 2014 Report.
Autism is a spectrum disorder with disabilities ranging from those severely affected to those mildly affected who appear very close to normal.