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Let's talk about Autism

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

What is Autism? Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex neuro-developmental disorders also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by challenges related to:

  • Communication

  • Social Interaction

  • Restrictive or repetitive behaviors and interests.

People with autism may also experience other difficulties including medical issues, differences in coordination and muscle tone, sleep disturbances, altered eating habits, anxiety or disordered sensory perceptions.

Did You Know?

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys.

  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.

  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.

Culled From "About Autism: What You Need to Know" © 2013 Autism Speaks Inc. Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks It’s Time To Listen & Design are trademarks owned by Autism Speaks Inc. All rights reserved.

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