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Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Autistic Spectrum Disorders were once thought rare, but we now know that 1 in 68 children born in the United States will have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. These disorders are characterized by three main symptoms: difficulty with social interactions, difficulty with communication, and narrowly focused interests that tend to become highly repetitive. However, children vary widely in the severity of each of these symptoms ranging from mild forms which don’t greatly interfere with daily life activity to much more severe forms that require continuous support.

Early treatment plays a major role in helping these children achieve independence, so it is important to have your child evaluated and treated by highly trained professionals such as those at the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY).

Helpful links

You can find more information about Autistic Spectrum Disorders at these sites: