Developmental Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities that can pose serious social, communication, and behavioral challenges (CDC). Over the past ten years, Autism’s incidence rate has increased significantly and, as a result, it has affected the lives of millions of children and their families across the world.

The term “spectrum” in ASD refers to the range of disabilities and symptoms associated with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While the levels of disability may vary, there are many common characteristics of ASD such as deficits in social communication and social interaction, restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior and activities, and unique ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to things.