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Autism Overview

Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that is associated with social, communication, sensory, behavioral and cognitive impairments, as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, activities, or interests.

Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects each individual on the spectrum differently.  Many individual’s on the spectrum also present with seizure disorder, mental retardation, audio processing issues, gastrointestinal issues, allergies, and nutritional concerns.  

The Autism Spectrum Includes:

  • Autism 
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Atypical Autism
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

Other Useful Links about Autism

  • Signs of Autism
    • Please refer to the signs of autism page that outlines communication, socialization, and sensory characteristics that are common in children on the autism spectrum. This is not intended to help diagnose a child.
  • Autism Diagnostic Procedures
    • This link details a list of frequently used procedures to diagnose autism, including Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), the Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT), and other screening tests.
  • Autism Therapy
    • Learn more about various therapies for autism; including play therapy, family therapy, neurofeedback and many more options.
  • Autism Treatments
    • Read more about various autism treatments, that include such things as integrative medicine approaches, diets, dietary supplements, and body work.
  • Rare Conditions with Autistic-Like Features
  • Additional Diagnosis Associated with Autism
  • Basic Neurology
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