Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition which affects the way the brain develops and processes information. Individuals with ASD often experience difficulties with social interactions and problems with verbal and nonverbal communication. They may have preferences for unusual or repetitive activities, and may have a limited range of interests. Approximately 1 in 68 American children have ASD (CDC, 2016).
Autism affects individuals in different ways, and varies widely in its specific behaviors and in severity from one person to another. Some individuals present with such mild symptoms that the disorder may go largely unnoticed by others. In more significantly affected individuals, lifelong support may be needed. Symptoms can also vary by age and developmental level, with younger individuals often displaying different symptoms than older individuals. In all cases, individuals with ASD or other related conditions can benefit from early and appropriate treatment.