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“If you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.”

- Stephen Shore

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. According to data and statistics from the CDC, about 1 in 54 children have been identified with ASD.

There is no known cause for ASD nor is there a cure. However, research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development. ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, but is 4 times more common among boys than among girls.

Someone with autism may at times:

  • appear deaf or seem to ignore you
  • be hypersensitive to sounds, smells, and/or touch
  • be unable to speak or calm oneself
  • have poor social skills
  • make limited or no eye contact
  • exhibit repetitive behaviors
  • get upset by minor changes
  • flap hands, rock body, or spin in circles
  • not understand personal space boundaries
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