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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairments, communication problems, repetitive and compulsive behaviors. No two individuals with autism are the same as the range in severity differs for each person. According to recent statistics autism now affects 1 in 88 children 1 in 54 are boys. Learn more from Wendy Froehlich, MD and Lawrence K. Fung, MD, PhD


Signs and Symptoms

Social Communication

Narrow range of interests

Trouble engaging in reciprocal conversation

Failure to respond to or interact with others

Poorly integrated communication

Little to no eye contact

Lack of facial expression


Restrictive and Repetitive Behavior

Prefers a routine

Poor fine motor skills

Echolalia

Strong attachment to objects

Rigid thinking patterns

Fixated interests

Preoccupation with certain topics

Indifference to temperature or pain

Sensitivity to sound or texture

Visually attracted to light or movements

Chewing on or putting inedible objects in mouth

Excessive smelling or touching of objects

*This list is not exhaustive of all characteristics*