According to the American Academy of Pediatrics
, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of related brain-based disorders that affect a child’s behavior, social and communication skills. Autism Spectrum Disorders are lifelong conditions, but children with ASD can progress developmentally and learn new skills. The sooner autism is identified, the sooner an intervention program can start. Each child with autism has different needs. What works for one child may not work for another.
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.