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Autism

Autism

Amanda Armstrong with her autism display

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are typically diagnosed by age three and are defined by a “triad” of common characteristics including social challenges, communication differences, and behavioral challenges. ASD affects each person differently and can range from mild to severe (Wright, 2012). The CDC has estimated about 1 in 88 children has been identified with ASD. ASDs occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, but are almost five times more common among boys than among girls (Center for Disease Control, 2012). Treatment of children and adults with ASD should be specifically designed for the individual. Although there are some general interventions, environmental suggestions, and approved evidence-based practices, they should each be tailored to the needs of the individual. For more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder: What is Autism?  www.autismspeaks.org

 Resources

Commonwealth Autism Service: http://www.autismva.org

 Virginia Autism Council: http://www.autismtrainingva.org

 Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence:

http://www.vcuautismcenter.org/training

 References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Facts about ASDs. (2012, May 24). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

 Wright, B. (2012). What is autism? In Autism Speaks Inc. Retrieved from http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism