Autism: At a Glance

One out of every 36 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States.*  Here is what you need to know:

·   ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting communication, social interactions, and repetitive behaviors.

·   There is not “one thing” that causes ASD, but rather a combination of genetic and environmental factors that can contribute to a diagnosis.

·   Every person with ASD has different strengths and challenges – some may have challenges processing senses while others may struggle to communicate. This is not a “one size fits all” condition.

·   ASD can create challenges with socializing, thinking or physically moving.

·   Signs of ASD can be seen in children before age 3, and it may even be diagnosed in children as early as 18 months of age.

·   It is important to diagnosis a child with ASD as soon as possible so they can get the support and therapies they need to thrive.

The word “spectrum” is included in the name of this neurodevelopmental disorder which means there are many different signs that a child may have the condition. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your CPCMG pediatrician. We are here to work with you every step of the way from diagnosis to early intervention.  You can also visit the CPCMG Health Hub and search using “autism.”

* https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html