What Is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a severe disruption of normal developmental processes that occurs early in life. It leads to impaired language, play, cognitive, social and adaptive functioning, causing children to fall farther and farther behind their peers as they grow older. The causes of ASD are unknown, but evidence points to a genetic basis, with children with ASD having neurological differences in certain areas of the brain.

Although children with an ASD exhibit social communication deficits along with restricted/repetitive behaviours, there are tremendous differences among children in how these areas are displayed.  Children with autism do not learn in the same way that children normally learn. However, what is most important to note is that – with the right type of intervention – children with ASD have an amazing ability to learn and grow.

 Find out more about autism by visiting the Raising Children’s Network

Find out more about intervention by reading our page on Applied Behaviour Analysis