Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex and lifelong developmental condition of the brain, and it involves social, communication challenges, repetitive behavior and restrictive interests. People with ASD may have different ways in which they work, play and socialize, and relate to the world around them.

Triggers - The Causes

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors

Symptoms - What it looks like

Social and Communication Skils:

  • Avoids or does not keep eye contact
  • Does not show facial expressions like happy, sad, angry, and surprised 
  • Does not share interests with others 
  • Does not notice when others are hurt or upset

Restricted or Repetitive Behaviors:

  • Repeats words or phrases over and over (called echolalia)
  • Is focused on parts of objects 
  • Gets upset by minor changes
  • Has obsessive interests
  • Must follow certain routines
  • Flaps hands, rocks body, or spins self in circles
  • Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Structured behavioral plan based on applied behavioral analysis
  • Social skills training
  • Speech, language and occupational therapy
  • Special education
  • Medication
  • Training for parents


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