Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
Autism is often referred to as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because people with autism represent a broad group of people with varying degrees of disability. People on the autism spectrum have problems in three main areas: social interaction, communicating with others, and behavioral challenges.

Each person with autism is different. People with autism range from those who have very little social or communication skills along with severe behavioral problems, to those who have difficulty socializing with others, but can hold jobs and maintain an independent life.

In the last 10 years, autism has become the most commonly diagnosed childhood developmental disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, autism spectrum disorders now affect 1 in every 59 children in the United States
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April, 2018).

Autism can affect anyone, and is not based on ethnic, racial or social backgrounds. The numbers of people diagnosed with autism is the same all around the world. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.

Autism affects a person's development in several different areas (social, communication, behavior).  It's important to have several interventions to address these challenges. So it is not uncommon for a child with autism to receive behavioral therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or any other combination of therapies and interventions at the same time. (

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