Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder that affects how a person perceives the world, interacts with other people and communicates.
It is often referred to as a “spectrum” disorder, meaning the symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations and level of severity. Autism is currently diagnosed in approximately 1 out of every 59 individuals according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 2018). Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.
There is no single, specific known cause of autism. In many families there appears to be a pattern of autism or related disabilities – which suggests there is a genetic basis to the disorder – although no single gene has been directly linked to autism.
Autism is treatable. Early diagnosis, intervention, and a system of support are fundamental for the best quality of life.
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