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About Autism Spectrum Disorders 
 
 
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of complex brain disorders which include Autism, Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger Syndrome.

 

Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of autism.

The three areas most often affected are social interaction, communication, and behavior.  The combinations of symptoms of autism vary from one child to another.

Common signs of autism spectrum disorder include:

Communication
  • Little or no babbling, pointing to objects, or make meaningful gestures by one year of age
  • May repeat or echo words, phrases, or memorized scripts over and over
  • No longer saying words they once did
  • Difficulty or delay in pretend play
  • Does not use gestures or pointing to communicate needs and wants
  • Does not speak one word by 16 mo.
  • Does not combine two words by 24 months
Behavioral
  • Repetitive behaviors (rocks, spins, flaps hands, twirls fingers)
  • Strong adherence to routines, order, and rituals/Difficulty with change in routine
  • Preoccupied with parts of toys or objects or observes them from an odd angle
  • Intense area of interest that is abnormal in intensity or focus
  • Obsessed with a few repetitive activities or holding specific items
  • Maybe overly sensitive to sounds/smells/touch/light/textures
  • High pain tolerance
  • May line up toys or other objects
Social Interaction
  • Poor eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peers or social activities
  • Doesn’t respond to parent’s smile
  • Does not respond when name is called
  • Does not point things out or show objects of interest to others
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    Download the "Could My Child Have Autism?" brochure in English and Spanish.

     

    If you are concerned your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, contact the Knights of Columbus Development Center at 314-577-5609.

     

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