Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term “spectrum” in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity.

Autism spectrum disorder includes conditions that were previously considered separate — autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and an unspecified form of pervasive developmental disorder. Some people still use the term “Asperger’s syndrome,” which is generally thought to be at the mild end of autism spectrum disorder.

Autism spectrum disorder begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — socially, in school and at work, for example. Often children show symptoms of autism within the first year. A small number of children appear to develop normally in the first year, and then go through a period of regression between 18 and 24 months of age when they develop autism symptoms.

While there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.

Common Symptoms: –

  • No / Limited social smile by 6 months
  • No / Limited one-word communications by 16 months
  • No / Limited two-word phrases by 24 months
  • No / Limited babbling, pointing, or meaningful gestures by 12 months
  • Poor / no eye contact
  • Not showing items or sharing interest
  • Unusual attachment to one particular toy or object
  • Not responding to sounds, voices or name
  • Loss of skills at any time