Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a wide range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects about 1 in 54 children in the United States today.
We know that there is not one type of autism but many subtypes, most of which are influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a different set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think, and solve problems can range from high-functioning individuals to severely impaired individuals. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and in some cases live fully independently.
Several factors can influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical problems such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, or sleep disorders, as well as mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and attention problems.
Autism indicators usually appear at 2 or 3 years of age. Some developmental delays can appear even earlier, and can often be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research has shown that early intervention leads to positive lifelong outcomes for people with autism.
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