Recognizing the signs of AUTISM:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that usually appears in early childhood and is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.

As per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1 in 54 children    in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with boys being four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

What causes Autism? 

The exact cause of autism is unknown. Research shows that environment or genetics could decide whether a person can develop the disorder.

What are the Symptoms of Autism and Diagnosis?

Autism diagnosis is challenging as there are no medical tests, like blood test,  to identify the disorder. Diagnoses are usually made by reviewing a child’s developmental history. 


    Problems With Social Interaction

    o   Limited eye contact

    o   Not responding to his/her name

    o   Prefers to be alone rather than around other people or children

    o   Problems With Communication:

    o   Limited or no language

    o   Difficulty starting or having a conversation

    o   Not playing make-believe with toys

    o   Repetitive or Obsessive Behaviors:

    o   Repetitive play (e.g., spinning a toy car wheels, lining up toys, etc.)

    o   Unusual obsessions (e.g., only wanting to use the color red, etc.)

    o   Repetitive speech/sounds or body movements (e.g., hand flapping)

Though it is still considered a lifelong diagnosis, with appropriate early intervention, individuals with autism can lead productive and fulfilling lives.