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Autism

Key Points about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a brain-based disorder with a strong genetic component.
  • There is no specific medical test to diagnose ASD.
  • ASD is characterized along a spectrum, meaning that there is a wide variety of ways in which autistic traits may manifest in different individuals.
  • ASD is found in children of all racial/ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds. It occurs in both boys and girls, but is more common in boys.
  • The first signs of ASD are often seen between the ages of 12 and 24 months, but many children may not show clear signs until much later.
  • Early identification and intensive intervention can have a significant impact on future academic, behavioral and adaptive success.
  • Children’s National Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the hospital-based Beyond the Spectrum team provide services to support the growth and development of your child with autism spectrum disorder. 
  • What is autism spectrum disorder?
  • What causes autism?
  • What are the common challenges of autism spectrum disorder?
  • What are the common strengths of autism spectrum disorder?
  • How is autism spectrum disorder diagnosed?
  • How is autism spectrum disorder treated?
  • How can ASD families live their best lives?