Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that usually appears during the first three years of life. Children with autism often have difficulty with communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors.

Who is affected by autism?

In the state of New Jersey Autism currently affects 1 in every 50 children, nationwide 1 in every 68 children, according to the CDC. Autism is more prevalent in boys than girls, with four to five times as many boys affected than girls.

At the Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center we specialize in early diagnosis for Autism. We believe that early detection and early interventions give the child the best possible outcome.

What are the symptoms of autism?

The following are the most common symptoms of autism. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Speech delay
  • Repeats or echo words or phrases
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Does not smile when smiled at
  • Does not respond to his or her name
  • Does not point, wave, or use gestures to communicate
  • Does not initiate or respond to cuddling, prefers to be alone
  • Does not ask for help or make basic requests
  • Difficulty changing routines
  • Poor imaginary play
  • Hand flapping, rocking, spinning, lining up of toys

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