Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that results in a variety of significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately one in 68 children has ASD.
Core Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Deficits in social communication, or how the person exchanges information with other people, such as little or no verbal language
- Deficits in social interaction, or how the person relates with other people. A person with ASD may have few or no friends or be described as socially awkward
Restrictive and Repetitive Behavior
- Limited, persistent, and inflexible focus on particular activities, items, concepts, or body movements
- Example: Obsession with something such as trains – all they seem to do is play with trains, watch TV shows about trains, and talk about different types of trains, regardless of what is going on around them.
- Example: Flapping their hands repeatedly and during almost all activities.
Autism Resource Team
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