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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are many types of abilities on the spectrum of autism and various outcomes accomplished with treatment.

Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear around age 2 or 3. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Developmental delays may also be noted earlier than that. In other cases, it is diagnosed later in early preschool or elementary years. Early intervention can result in improved outcomes, therefore it is recommended that parents seek evaluation as early as possible.

This information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as appropriate, with a qualified healthcare professional.

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