Autism (ASD) A condition marked by developmental delay in social skills, language, and behavior which is often present in children with varying degrees of severity.
Today approximately 1 out of every 50 children are being diagnosed with Autism. Diagnosis can be made as early as 18 months of age, however, the average age of diagnosis is currently made at 5 1/2 yrs old. The earlier the diagnosis, the more successful treatments are realized. No two children are alike with their symptoms and skills. Autism affects everyone differently.
There is no predictive tests for Autism. Behavioral Therapies (ABA) and pharmaceutical drug treatments are primarily used along with other evidenced-based clinical treatments to help those diagnosed with Autism. **Autism is often referred to as living on the Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD.
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