What is ASD?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a general term for a complex group of brain development disorders that affect individuals’ social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. There are many forms of ASD.
Symptoms or characteristics of ASD vary, with skills and levels of impairment differing between each child. As a result, each individual with ASD will have his or her own pattern of autism. Signs of ASD include:
- Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction
- Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities
- Unusual responses to people, objects or situations
- Delayed development of speech or language
- Difficulty developing “normal” relationships with others
Signs of ASD are typically recognized during the first two years of life, and can result in significant impairment in social, occupational or other areas of current functioning.