Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. People with ASD have difficulty with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. The severity of ASD can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of Autism
The symptoms of ASD can vary from person to person, but some common symptoms include:
- Difficulty with social interaction
- Difficulty with communication
- Repetitive behaviors
- Restricted interests
- Sensory sensitivities
Causes of Autism
The exact cause of ASD is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Diagnosis of Autism
There is no single test for ASD, but a diagnosis is typically made based on a child’s developmental history, behavior, and medical evaluation.
Treatment for Autism
There is no cure for ASD, but there are treatments that can help improve symptoms. Treatment for ASD typically includes:
- Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Social skills training
Living with Autism
People with ASD can live full and productive lives. With the right support, they can learn to communicate, interact with others, and participate in activities they enjoy.