Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that affects behavior and communication. Although it can happen at any age, it’s commonly referred to as a developmental disorder because most symptoms usually appear during a person’s youth.
It is called a spectrum disorder because there is a wide variety in terms of the different types and severity of symptoms that can occur. It’s a condition that knows no racial, ethnic or economic boundaries. It impacts thousands of people, their families and friends every day.
Catching autism early on, before they begin attending school can help give your child a better school experience than they would have otherwise. It helps to ensure teachers are more accommodating to their needs and they get the support they need.
While autism can happen to just about anyone, biological males tend to have more severe symptoms than biological females. This pattern has been prevalent ever since the first autism cases were first identified in the 1940s. There are no specific causes that can explain this pattern.
If you have a child that is biologically female, please be aware that the symptoms may be harder to notice or detect. This is likely due to females having a greatly ability to blend in with their peers and mimic expected social behaviors so as not to draw attention to themselves.
Choose the age of your child below to learn about the common symptoms experienced by children on the spectrum.