Wednesday, 5 September 2012


  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal & nonverbal communication & repetitive behaviours.They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood dis-integrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder -not otherw specified (PDD-NOS) & Asperger   syndrome.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor co-ordination & attention & physical health issues such as sleep & gastrointestinal disturbances, some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math & art. Done

Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development.

However the most obvious signs of autism & symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 & 3 years of age. Autism speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes.

Increasing autism awareness is a a key aspect of this work & our families & volunteers play an invaluable role.     



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