What Is Autism?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), individuals with autism spectrum disorder display persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction and display restricted and repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities. These symptoms cause significant impairments in social, communication, and independent skills.

The severity of an autism diagnosis is classified by how severe the impairments are in the social, communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior domains.

About Autism

1 in 54 children is on the autism spectrum*

4:1 male:female ratio

Early Intervention will significantly increase the child’s opportunity to attend public schools at a future date**

Early Intervention minimizes problem behaviors and maximizes skills across a child’s lifespan

Parent training can reduce challenging behavior in children with ASD by up to 47%***

* 2019, CDC

** Fenske, E. C., Zalenski, S., Krantz, P. J., & Mcclannahan, L. E. (1985). Age at intervention and treatment outcome for autistic children in a comprehensive intervention program.

*** Strauss, K., Vicari, S., Valeri, G., D’Elia, L., Arima, S., & Fava, L. (2012). Parent inclusion in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention: The influence of parental stress, parent treatment fidelity and parent-mediated generalization of behavior targets on child outcomes.