Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.
Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups. The latest analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children has ASD.
Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment
- AACAP – Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment for Children-Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- CDC – Screening and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder for Healthcare Providers
- Autism Speaks – A Parent’s Guide to Autism
- What are the Early Signs of Autism?
- AACAP – Autism Resource Center
- CDC’s Developmental Milestones