1 in 59 children in the United States are on the Autism Spectrum
Autism is known as a complex developmental disability. Experts believe
that Autism presents itself during the first three years of a person's life.
The condition is the result of a neurological disorder that has an
effect on brain function which affects the development of
the person's communication and social interaction skills.
Several symptoms can be seen by 18 months of age, such as poor eye contact, trouble with pretend play and imitation, delayed communication skills and problems with joint attention. Parents and doctors often are alerted to a problem when the child doesn't develop speech around age 2.
Please see our PDF for an in-depth look at symptoms, effects and treatment of Autism.
THERAPIES FOR AUTISM
It can be very overwhelming to learn that your child has received the diagnosis of autism. As a parent it is important to keep hope alive, build a support system, and find a treatment program that is tailored to your child’s unique strengths and needs. Please see the links below for more information on some of the current therapies that are available.