Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. People with ASD have trouble interacting with others and understanding social cues. They may also have repetitive behaviors or interests.
ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that there is a wide range of symptoms and severity. Some people with ASD have mild symptoms and can live relatively normal lives. Others have more severe symptoms and may need significant support to function.
The exact cause of ASD is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is no cure for ASD, but there are treatments that can help people with ASD live better lives.
The signs and symptoms of ASD can vary from person to person, but some common signs include:
Difficulty with social interaction
Difficulty with communication
Repetitive behaviors or interests
If you think your child may have ASD, it is important to talk to your doctor. There is no one test that can diagnose ASD, but your doctor can do a physical exam and ask questions about your child’s development. If your doctor suspects that your child has ASD, they may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for ASD, but there are a number of interventions that can help people with ASD live better lives. These interventions may include:
Early intervention services
With the right support, people with ASD can live happy and fulfilling lives.