About Autism: What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. With the May 2013 publication of the new DSM-5 diagnostic manual, these autism subtypes will be merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.

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Did You Know?

  • Autism now affects 1 in 59 children

  • Autism prevalence figures are growing

  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

The following "red flags" may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don't delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter

  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months

  • No babbling by 12 months

  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months

  • No words by 16 months

  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months

  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

  • ABA uses the principles of reinforcement to shape socially significant behaviors.

  • Socially significant behaviors include communication, academics, social skills and adaptive living skills.

  • ABA focuses on the reliable measurement and objective measurement of observable behavior.

  • Early intervention is the key.