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I keep hearing the word "autism." What does that mean?
Autism is one disorder under the broader cateory of "Autism Spectrum Disorders" or ASD. ASD affects individuals from very mildly to very severely.
Oh, so if I see someone with ASD, I will know right away.
Actually no, there are no physical differences in people with ASD. They may, however, communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways.
Oh man! How would I know if someone I love has ASD?
People with ASDs may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASDs also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. ASDs begin during early childhood and last throughout a person’s life.
Watch the video linked below to hear more characteristics.
So what should I do if I think my own child has ASD?
Talk with your child’s doctor or nurse. If you or your doctor think there could be a problem, ask for a referral to see a developmental pediatrician or other specialist, or you can contact your local early intervention agency (for children under 3) or public school (for children 3 and older). To find out who to speak to in your area, you can contact the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) by logging onto www.nichcy.org or call 1-800-695-0285. In
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