Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can affect how people interact, communicate, behave, and learn compared to others. Autism can present in various ways and severities, but not every individual with ASD will have all behaviors. One characteristic that many Autistic individuals demonstrate is a strong focus on a specific topic or object.
There is currently no cure for Autism. However, early treatment for individuals diagnosed with ASD is essential in order to advance functional abilities and skills for age-appropriate activities. Treatment will differ for each individual and may include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, or Behavioral Therapy.
Common signs of Autism include:
- Little to no eye contact
- Strong focus on specific topics (wheels, numbers, facts)
- Consistent movement such as flapping hands, rocking body, spins self in circles
- Gets upset with minor changes
- Has trouble understanding other people’s feelings
- Delayed language skills
- Hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive behavior
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