Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neuro-developmental disorder that affects 1 in 68 U.S. children. Though varying greatly from person-to-person, the core symptoms of autism include difficulty with social interactions and relationships, challenges with verbal or non-verbal communication, and narrow interests in activities or play. Autism is present at birth, with symptoms typically noticed by parents and other caregivers by age 3.
If you or your doctor think there could be a problem, ask for a referral to see a developmental pediatrician or other specialist. For children under 5 years old, you can also contact your local school district’s Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program or Help Me Grow
. If your child is older than 5, contact your school district’s
Special Education Director.
Dakota and Ramsey Counties Autism Spectrum Disorder Grant
In the summer of 2016, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) awarded Dakota and Ramsey counties a two-year grant to expand services and supports for individuals with autism and their families. The grant focuses on respite services as well as other supports that help individuals with autism be active participants in their communities while providing relief to primary caregivers.
These resources are intended to provide users with a point of reference and are not an endorsement by Dakota County.